The Mercury News, “The Merc,” is a morning daily serving the San Francisco Bay Area, with a special focus on the business and lifestyle of Silicon Valley. It was one of the first newspapers in the U.S. to provide full content and breaking news online. It was also the first American newspaper to publish in three languages: English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
In the latter part of the 20th century, Knight-Ridder, a once prominent newspaper chain, owned The Merc. Alden Global Capital's Media News Group division acquired it in 2006.
In addition to general news, The Merc reports extensively on Silicon Valley. Revenue is chiefly derived from advertising, both print and online, and subscriptions. There are a range of subscription plans, including a low-cost starter option of $1 for six months.
The Merc won two Pulitzers. One in 1986 for reporting on political corruption in the Ferdinand Marcos administration in the Philippines, and another in 1990 for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
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