, Muskogee, OK


February 16, 2013

Celebrating 125 years of community

— In 1888, Dr. Leo Bennett purchased a newspaper and moved it permanently to Muskogee.

He changed the name of the newspaper to the Phoenix to reflect the rising from the ashes of a devastating fire.

The tradition of the Muskogee Phoenix providing community journalism began 125 years ago today.

Forgive us if we take a few inches of this space every 25 years or so to tell you how we feel about being a part of this community.

Our staff takes the responsibility of being the source of local information very seriously.

It takes many people to provide our service to you.

From accounting to advertising, to circulation, to prepress, the press, and the mailroom, we have more than 60 of your neighbors striving to provide a quality product.

We have dozens more of your neighbors bringing the paper to your house during good weather and bad.

We value your role in this responsibility very much.

What we do, we do for our readers, not for ourselves.

This service means nothing without you.

To you, our loyal readers, we pledge our every effort to earn and maintain your trust.

There have been missteps along the way.

We are an operation made up of humans.

For those missteps we apologize.

We live, we learn, we grow.

Muskogee has had many triumphant moments in the past 125 years.

It has had too many tragic moments, too.

We have been a part of every one of those moments.

We have changed quite a bit in those years, too. We are providing information through our website, social media and on your smartphone.

But our mission has changed very little in that time.

We have been a part of our community for 125 years.

And we will be a part of our community for many more.

Thank you.

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