75 years in the making
Newspapers tell stories.
Since its founding 75 years ago today, The Northern Virginia Daily's pages have told thousands of stories -- of wars and weddings, of deaths and births, of triumph and loss.
Throughout its history, the Daily has kept the people of the Northern Shenandoah Valley informed about events in the world at large and in their own backyards.
As the newspaper celebrates its 75th anniversary, we invite you to take a glimpse into the Daily's history as we tell our own story.
The story begins with a man who had a unique vision during a pivotal era in American history. During the Great Depression, the Daily's founder, E.E. Keister, overcame the odds and established a successful daily newspaper. His newspaper, and his vision, have persisted from the days of hot type to the present, when computers are used for much of the production process.
As past and present employees of the Daily celebrate the 75-year mark today, we look back at where we have been and ahead to where we are going.
In this anniversary edition, E.E. Keister's son, John D. "Pat" Keister, recalls the vision of his father, and we share a timeline of significant events in the history of the Daily.
We share the stories of some of our oldest traditions, like thorough coverage of area sports, an independent editorial philosophy, and a proud record of defending freedom of the press. We also share the stories of some of our newer endeavors, such as the Newspaper In Education program. And we look at what the future holds for the newspaper industry, the Daily and our Web site.
Also in this special section, we reprint front pages and content from the Daily's history, share interesting facts about the newspaper and the community and offer photos of Daily staff members throughout the years and stories from readers of all ages about how the Daily has been a part of their lives.
A special thanks goes out to current and former employees and members of the Keister family, who have generously shared their stories and photographs to make this section possible.