The Washington Post newspaper is an operating division of The Washington Post Company. The Company is a diversified media company whose principal operations include newspaper and magazine publishing, television broadcasting, cable television systems, electronic information services, test preparation and educational and career services. Company headquarters are in Washington, D.C.
Since it first began publication over a century ago, The Washington Post has grown into one of the most recognized news organizations in the world. With an average weekday circulation of over 700,000, the Post is the premier news source on American government.
When The Washington Post was first published in 1877, it contained four pages, cost three cents and had a circulation of 10,000. Reporters traveled about on foot and by hack, horsecar and highwheeled bicycle. The newspaper type was hand-set from the longhand copy of reporters and editors.
Now, more than 850 people work in The Post's News department, helping to produce the most readable, compelling and accurate newspaper possible, 365 days a year. In addition to the main newsroom in the District of Columbia, The Post maintains 13 bureaus in Maryland and Virginia, six bureaus around the country and 20 around the world.
The Washington Post has long been one of the most widely respected news authorities on the Supreme Court and is one of the most lauded newspapers in the United States, winning five Pulitzer prizes in 2008 alone.