Our Company

History

1976
After working at The Post in various editorial, production and executive capacities, Donald E. Graham, Katharine Graham's son, was appointed executive Vice President and General Manager of the newspaper.

1977
In November, The Washington Post Company announced the sale of its one remaining radio station, WTOP-AM, to the Outlet Company of Providence, RI.

1978
The Washington Post Company purchased The Herald (Everett, WA), a daily newspaper north of Seattle.

In July, The Washington Post Company exchanged television station WTOP-TV in Washington, DC, for WDIV-TV in Detroit.

1979
Donald Graham became publisher of The Post, succeeding Katharine Graham, who retained her corporate positions of chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The Washington Post Company.

1980
To accommodate The Post's growing circulation and conversion to cold type the Springfield, VA, printing plant was opened on November 12.

1983
The Washington Post National Weekly Edition was launched in November for readers nationwide.

1984
The Washington Post Company purchased Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Centers Limited. Kaplan was founded in 1938 when Stanley Kaplan started tutoring students in the basement of his parents’ Brooklyn home. Many of his students were from immigrant families, eager to pursue higher education and achieve success in America. Over the next several decades, Kaplan grew to become one of the nation’s leading providers of test preparation, with more than 100 centers across the country.

Kaplan, Inc. has expanded its offerings beyond test preparation to include higher education, professional training, English and pathway programs, and K12 services.  Today, with more than 400 locations in over 30 countries, Kaplan is one of the largest diversified education companies in the world, serving one million students each year.

1986
In January, The Washington Post Company purchased cable systems serving 350,000 subscribers from Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Cable One, now serves subscribers in western, midwestern and southern states.

Newsweek launched Newsweek Nihon Ban in Japanese, the first foreign-language edition of a newsweekly. Newsweek now also publishes Newsweek Hankuk Pan in Korean, Newsweek en Espanol in Spanish, Newsweek Bil-Logha Al-Arabia in Arabic, and three international editions in English.

1991
Donald Graham was named chief executive officer of The Washington Post Company, while retaining his position as publisher of The Washington Post newspaper.

1992
In March, The Washington Post Company acquired The Gazette, which publishes controlled-circulation and paid-circulation community newspapers in Maryland. It also publishes monthly Maryland business and technology publications, military newspapers and guides for local military bases and operates two commercial printing sites in the Washington area.

1993
In May, Donald Graham became chairman of the board of The Washington Post Company, while retaining his responsibilities as chief executive officer and publisher of The Washington Post newspaper. Katharine Graham became chairman of the executive committee of The Washington Post Company.

In November, The Washington Post Company created a new subsidiary, Digital Ink Co., now known as Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, to develop the company's editorial products and businesses on the Web. WPNI's services, available principally on the Internet, include washingtonpost.com, and Newsweek.MSNBC.com.

1994
In April, The Washington Post Company acquired KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston, and KSAT-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Antonio, TX, from H & C Communications, Inc.

Kaplan named Jonathan Grayer president and CEO. Grayer, who had joined Kaplan from Newsweek in 1991, built a management team that included Andrew Rosen, Kaplan’s current Chairman and CEO. Grayer was appointed Chairman of Kaplan in 2000, and is credited with building the company into one of the largest providers of educational services in the world.

1996
In June, The Washington Post launched washingtonpost.com.

Kaplan acquired Score!, a provider of after-school tutoring for children in pre-kindergarten through tenth grade.

1997
"HealthWeek," a production of The Post Company in association with Maryland Public Television, premiered on PBS.

In September, The Washington Post Company acquired WCPX-TV (formerly WDBO-TV) in Orlando, FL, in exchange for WFSB-TV in Hartford, CT. (The station, now WKMG, was renamed again in 1998 in honor of Katharine Meyer Graham.)

In October, The Washington Post announced an alliance with NewsChannel 8 to broadcast directly from The Post's newsroom.

In December, The Washington Post Company acquired several properties from Reed Elsevier and formed Post Newsweek Tech Media Group, a leading publisher of targeted trade periodicals in government technology and business-to-business technology in the nation's capital. The Tech Media Group also is a leading presenter of technology trade shows and conferences and operates online services.

The Washington Post Company's investments in Bear Island Paper Company and Bear Island Timberlands were sold to its partner, Brant-Allan Industries.

1998
In January, WCPX-TX in Orlando, FL changed its call letters to WKMG-TV in honor of Katharine Meyer Graham.

Also in January, washingtonpost.com put 11 years of The Washington Post's archives online.

Katharine Graham won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for her memoir, "Personal History," published in 1997.

Kaplan acquired Dearborn Publishing, a premier provider of real estate education and training materials, and launched Concord Law School, the first wholly online law school in the U.S.

1999
On January 28, The Washington Post began printing in color on its eight new Mitsubishi offset presses in the renovated Springfield (VA) plant and the new College Park (MD) plant. The Post ceased printing at its two downtown locations; the news and business offices remain headquartered in Washington, DC.

In September, The Post Company and Tribune Company joined forces to create BrassRing, Inc., an online career and hiring network. The partnership includes Kaplan, Tribune Company, Gannett Company and Accel Partners.

Also in September, Newsweek launched Teen Newsweek.

In November, The Washington Post, Newsweek and Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, MSNBC.com, MSNBC Cable and NBC News announced plans to form an alliance to share news material and technological and promotional resources.

In December, Newsweek acquired Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel.