The afternoon of March 12, 2003, Elizabeth Smart was found alive in Sandy, sparking a 36 hour record traffic spike to the Tribune's web site, sltrib.com, that has yet to be broken. http://www.sltrib.com
The Kearns family owned a majority share of the newspaper until 1997 when they sold it to Tele-Communications Inc., a multimedia corporation, which was later acquired by AT&T. In a controversial play, The Tribune was subsequently sold to Denver, Colorado-based MediaNews Group which is partially owned by publisher William Dean Singleton.
After about a year offering a dial-up, dedicated software-based online product, the Tribune debuted a site on the still-new World Wide Web in late December, 1995. They were one of the first 10 newspapers in the country to do so. http://www.sltrib.com
LOCAL REPORTING, EDITION TIME
For its prompt and efficient coverage of the crash of two air liners over the Grand Canyon, in which 128 persons were killed. This was a team job that surmounted great difficulties in distance, time and terrain.
In 1901 newly-elected Roman Catholic U.S. senator Thomas Kearns and his business partner David Keith, bought the Tribune. Kearns made strides to eliminate the paper's anti-Mormon overtones, and succeeded in maintaining good relationships with the mostly-LDS state legislature which had elected him to the Senate.
After being purchased by three "border ruffians" from Kansas in 1873, the paper became known as an anti-Mormon organ which consistently backed the local Liberal Party. Sometimes vitriolic, the Tribune held particular antipathy for Latter-day Saints President Brigham Young.
The publication was founded in 1871 as the Mormon Tribune by a group of Mormon businessmen who disagreed with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (LDS Church) economic and political positions. After a year its name was changed to the Salt Lake Daily Tribune and Utah Mining Gazette. Not too long after that, the name was shortened to simply The Salt Lake Tribune.