A letter from the publisher: 175 years of light for all

On The Sun's anniversary, extending thanks to readers, advertisers and staff

May 17, 2012

To our readers:

On this date 175 years ago — May 17, 1837 — Arunah Shepherdson Abell published the first edition of The Sun.

He envisioned a newspaper that explored the stories people cared about, reported them exhaustively and delivered information to readers as quickly as possible. His successful legacy is one we are proud to continue today.

Day after day, we focus on providing news, images and opinion that Baltimore-area residents crave: watchdog reporting, the passing of new laws, the health of the local economy, video of a key Ravens player, the critique of a new restaurant and so much more.

Our award-winning journalists also carry on a time-honored tradition of investigative reporting that goes beyond the day-to-day to make a difference in Baltimore's future. Recently, The Baltimore Sun was named the 2011 Newspaper and Website of the Year by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.

Even A.S. Abell could not envision the technological advances that drive the news business today, allowing us to reach readers through their computers, on mobile devices, with social media as well as in the newspaper and our community publications.

No business can succeed for 175 years without the continued support of the community it serves. Knowing that, we are celebrating our anniversary today by thanking our readers, advertisers and the staff of The Baltimore Sun Media Group. We appreciate your business and your dedication to our work.

While much has changed in the many years since our founding, this remains the same: The Baltimore Sun brings Light for All.

Timothy E. Ryan

Publisher, President and Chief Executive Officer

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