About the Summit Daily News
The Summit Daily News prints an average of 6,000 copies of its newspaper daily, and it’s distributed at nearly 500 locations throughout Summit County. Our website, SummitDaily.com, is updated 24 hours a day as news happens in the county.
The Summit Daily is read by an average of 24,000 people each day. We pride ourselves on providing balanced, insightful community coverage for local residents, second-home owners and visitors.
- Lobby hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
- Office hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
- Phone: 970-668-3998
- Physical address: 331 West Main St., Frisco, CO, 80443
- Mailing address: P.O. Box 329 Frisco, CO, 80443
- Office directory: SummitDaily.com/contact-us
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How to register on SummitDaily.com
The Summit Daily News has offered its reporting for free since its inception in 1989. The media business has changed significantly during that time, and we must also evolve in order to ensure that community journalism endures. The Summit Daily employs the largest newsgathering team in Summit County and does critically important watchdog and investigative journalism that no other organization can provide. To sustain this work, we need support from our readers.
If you don’t already have a free account on our site, you can register at SummitDaily.com/register.
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History of the Summit Daily News
The Summit Daily News, founded by Jim Pavelich in August 1989, came into being at a crossroads in the newspaper business. In the late 1980s, Selectric typewriters and linotype machines were giving way to rudimentary computers.
Staff still had to paste up the newspaper by cutting up the copy, running it through a wax machine and pasting it onto a flat piece of cardboard.
Then came the internet, which provided email and a wonderful new way to distribute news.
The Summit Daily began as a five-day-a-week paper, added a sixth issue in summer 1992 and then a seventh by December 1994, making it a true daily.
In 1994, the Summit Daily, along with its sister paper the Vail Daily, was purchased by Swift Communications and moved into what’s now The Peak School building. The paper moved into its current location in 2013. In 2022, Swift Communications was purchased by Ogden Newspapers.
The Summit Daily is now published 365 days a year with an average free distribution of 6,000 papers daily, serving the towns of Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon and Summit County’s four world-class ski areas.
First draft of history: 30 years of Summit Daily front pages
History of Summit County
Timeline: 158 years of Summit County history
Best of Summit explainer
Summit County residents have been voting for their favorite local businesses, organizations and attractions in Summit Daily News’ annual readers choice awards contest for years. It’s the biggest contest of its kind in Summit County, with hundreds of thousands of votes cast annually across hundreds of categories.
All news organizations, including the Summit Daily News, are divided into two departments: advertising and the newsroom. News coverage is created separately from advertising efforts. While newsrooms and advertising staff occasionally collaborate on business initiatives and projects, all news coverage decisions are made by the editor and independently of any revenue-based influence.
Crime reporting guidelines
Typically, the Summit Daily News will name someone accused of a crime only after they have been formally charged. Suspects will be named before formal charges have been filed in cases of serious alleged crimes.
When a person is named in a crime story, the Summit Daily commits to following that case through to its disposition and writing a story on the outcome.
Swift Communications and each of its member newsgathering organizations are committed to the highest ethical standards and require the same of their employees. The key values of integrity, objectivity, fairness, balance and accuracy are the basic tenets of our news operations in print and digital media.
The credibility of our news reports is one of our most valued assets. We proudly accept our role of reporting the news, and we aspire to meet the highest of standards in our news coverage.
We must maintain the public trust.
The Summit Daily News is owned by Swift Communications, Inc.