Endorsements by Newspapers and Magazines 2000 Endorsements.
Endorsements in the 2004 Democratic Primaries.
In last few weeks before Election Day, the campaigns trumpet newspaper endorsments on their websites, press releases and occasionally in ads.  There is a perennial debate as to whether newspaper endorsements have any effect, particularly in the November presidential race where people have a surfeit of information.  Endorsements do often trigger a flood of pointed letters to the editor, and a few readers may even threaten to cancel subscriptions or actually do so.  Thus on Nov. 3, 2004, following the Providence Journal's endorsement of President Bush, Bob and Jill Jaffe wrote, "As stated, we will be canceling our subscription to The Journal, after over 25 years. We are no longer interested in what you have to say.  Since we do not have a parakeet and aren't housebreaking a puppy, we have no use for the paper."

Why do newspapers endorse or not endorse?  William B. Ketter, editor-in-chief of the Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, MA), wrote in a Nov. 7, 2004 editorial, "Since editorial board members follow the political process more closely than many readers, we feel we owe it to them to say who we think can best serve the public interest."  However many local papers maintain a local focus and do not endorse in the presidential race.  An editor at The Reporter (Fond du Lac, WI) stated, "Our policy in 2004 was to endorse races where we were able to interview the candidates in person.  We made endorsements from the US Senate race down to local races. No presidential."  Similarly an editor at the Ashland Daily Press (WI) explained that "we never actually see the candidates."  And an editor at the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune noted that in terms of the presidential race the endorsement of local paper doesn't "mean a hill of beans...readers had made up their minds."  One local endorsement which did receive significant attention was that of Bush's "hometown" paper; the Lone Star Iconoclast (Crawford, TX) endorsed Kerry.  Another interesting phenomenon is the "non-endorsement."  This can take the form of conservative or liberal paper failing to endorse the ideologically obvious choice (the most noted example in 2004 was the Tampa Tribune's editorial "Why We Cannot Endorse President Bush For Re-Election")or a kind of mush ("We know Bush can be president.  We also think Kerry could do the job, too," opined the Ottumwa Courier).  If there is editorial board deadlock, or if the publisher has a view that differs from the editors difficulties can arise.1  Certainly a paper's owners have the final word, although that word may be tempered.  For example, the Salt Lake City Tribune endorsed President Bush, but its endorsement was not exactly glowing.  In letters to the editor, readers noted it was "tepid," "reads like satire," and "lists mistake after mistake."  Reader Ken Roach suggested the Bush nod was due to the fact that the paper's "CEO, William Dean Singleton, is a longtime friend and financial supporter of President Bush."  Finally timing is an issue as well.  Editors must take into account the increasing numbers of voters opting to vote early or by absentee ballot, and where the presidential endorsement fits in the overall series of endorsements of state and local candidates that they are making.  Although the Philadelphia Daily News made its endorsement unusually early, on June 16, 2004, a vast majority of endorsements were made in October; Sunday Oct. 24 was a particularly busy day.  The process by which newspapers make endorsements, the timing of them, and the various arguments made for and against the candidates offer rich areas for academic study.
Note 1: Good insights into the dynamics of an endorsement meeting: Michael Arrietta-Walden.  "The Public Editor How The Choice Was Made to Endorse Kerry."  The Sunday Oregonian.  Oct. 10, 2004, page F01.

Methodology:The starting point for this section was information from the campaigns; the 527 group America Coming Together also sent out some details of newspaper endorsements; information from Editor&Publisher, which did outstanding work, and from Lexis-Nexis searches was then integrated into the list.  For people keeping tally, Editor&Publisher found that 213 daily newspapers with a daily circulation of 20.8 million endorsed Kerry and 205 daily newspapers with a daily circulation of 15.7 million endorsed Bush.  The list below does include some weekly papers for which information was available.

Full texts of several endorsements as well as a few remaining links are included below in order to allow readers to consider and analyze the arguments made for and against the candidates.  DEMOCRACY IN ACTION gratefully acknowledges the papers who have granted permission to reprint their endorsements.

General Election
Bush Kerry
Bild Zeitung (10/26/04)  ...German tabloid
Le Monde (10/30/04)  ...France
*The Economist  (10/28/04) >
Although based in London, The Economist notes it has weekly sales in the United States of about 450,000 or "three times our British sale and roughly 45% of our worldwide total."
Financial Times  (10/25/04)  ...London
National Review  (10/22/04...appears in 11/ /04 issue) >
The New Yorker  (10/25/04...issue of 11/01/04) >
The New Republic
The Nation  (10/21/04) >
Rolling Stone >
Birmingham News  (10/24/04) 
Mobile Register  (09/26/04)
The Times Daily [Florence] 
The Gadsden Times 
Birminingham Post-Herald
Decatur Daily  (10/24/04)
Tuscaloosa News  (10/24/04)
The Anniston Star  (10/19/04)
Montgomery Advertiser 
Alaska Alaska
Anchorage Daily News  (10/30/04)
Nome Nugget  (10/28/04)
Arizona Republic  (10/17/04)
Arizona Daily Star [Tucson]  (10/03/04)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith) 
Arkansas Times  (10/21/04) ...weekly
San Diego Union-Tribune  (10/17/04) >
The Press-Enterprise (Riverside) 
Long Beach Press-Telegram (Long Beach) 
San Bernardino Sun 
The Bakersfield Californian
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 
The Record (Stockton) 
The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) 
San Gabriel Valley Tribune 
Pasadena Star-News 
The Reporter (Vacaville) 
Whittier Daily News 
Vallejo Times-Herald  (10/31/04) 
La Opinión  (10/25/04) ...largest Spanish language daily in the U.S.
*Contra Costa Times  (10/24/04)
Oakland Tribune  (10/24/04) 
*Monterey County Herald  (10/24/04)
Ventura County Star  (10/24/04)
*Los Angeles Daily News  (10/23/04) 
San Francisco Chronicle  (10/17/04)
Sacramento Bee  (10/17/04) 
Modesto Bee  (10/17/04)
San Jose Mercury News  (10/17/04)
Merced Sun-Star  (10/16/04)
The Press Democrat [Santa Rosa]  (09/19/04) 
*Denver Post  (10/24/04) 
Daily Times-Call (Longmont)  (10/17/04) 
Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald  (10/17/04) 
Rocky Mountain News  (10/16/04) 
The Pueblo Chieftain  (09/26/04)
Daily Record (Canon City)
The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction)
*Greeley Tribune  (10/31/04) >
Aspen Daily News  (10/29/04)
Durango Herald  (10/24/04)
Fort Collins Coloradoan  (10/24/04)
*Boulder Daily Camera  (10/16/04) 
The News Times [Danbury]  (10/31/04)
Waterbury Republican-American  (10/31/04)
Hartford Courant  (10/24/04)
New Haven Register  (10/24/04)
The Register Citizen [Torrington]  (10/24/04)
Connecticut Post [Bridgeport]  (10/17/04)
Record-Journal [Meriden]  (10/31/04)
Yale Daily News  (10/29/04)
Norwich Bulletin  (10/24/04)
*Stamford Advocate  (10/24/04)
*The Day [New London]  (09/26/04)
Delaware Delaware
News Journal  (10/31/04) 
District of Columbia
Washington Times  (10/  /04)
District of Columbia
Washington Post  (10/24/04)
Florida Times-Union [Jacksonville]  (10/31/04)
Ocala Star-Banner  (10/24/04) 
The Lakeland Ledger  (10/22/04) 
Naples Daily News 
Gainesville Sun  (10/24/04)
*Orlando Sentinel  (10/24/04)
Sarasota Herald-Tribune  (10/24/04)
Citrus County Chronicle [Crystal River]  (10/24/04) 
Miami Herald  (10/17/04)
St. Petersburg Times  (10/17/04)
South Florida Sun-Sentinel [Ft. Lauderdale]  (10/17/04)
Palm Beach Post  (10/17/04)
Daytona Beach News-Journal  (10/17/04)
*Bradenton Herald  (10/17/04)
Florida Today [Melbourne]  (10/17/04)
Fort Pierce Tribune 
Hawaii Hawaii
Honolulu Star-Bulletin  (10/27/04) >
Honolulu Advertiser  (10/19/04)
Augusta Chronicle  (10/25/04)
Savannah Morning News
Athens Banner-Herald
The Albany Herald
Macon Telegraph  (10/24/04)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution  (10/09/04)
The Times-News [Twin Falls]
Coeur d'Alene Press  (10/24/04)
The Idaho Statesman [Boise]  (10/24/04) >
Bonner County Daily Bee
The Journal-Standard [Freeport]  (10/24/04)
Southern Illinoisan [Carbondale]  (10/23/04)
Chicago Tribune  (10/17/04)
The Pantagraph [Bloomington]  (10/17/04) 
The News-Gazette [Champaign-Urbana]  (10/17/04) 
Journal Star [Peoria] 
Springfield State Journal-Register 
The Northwest Herald [Crystal Lake] 
Herald & Review [Decatur] 
*Chicago Sun Times  (10/24/04) 
Daily Southtown  (10/24/04)
*Rockford Register Star  (10/24/04)
*Daily Herald [Arlington Heights]  (10/17/04)
Chicago Defender 
*Edwardsville Intelligencer
Palladium-Item [Richmond]  (10/28/04)
The News-Sentinel [Fort Wayne]  (10/25/04) 
Evansville Courier & Press  (10/24/04) 
The Indianapolis Star  (10/17/04) 
Kokomo Tribune 
Lafayette Journal and Courier  (10/29/04)
The Times [Munster]  (10/24/04) >
The Journal Gazette [Fort Wayne]  (10/22/04)
The Gazette [Cedar Rapids]  (10/24/04)
Sioux City Journal  (10/24/04)
The Globe Gazette [Mason City]  (10/14/04)
Des Moines Register  (10/24/04) >
*Quad City Times [Davenport]  (10/24/04)
*Iowa City Press-Citizen  (10/23/04)
The Hawk Eye [Burlington]  (10/17/04)
The Storm Lake Times  (10/08/04)  ...twice weekly
The Wichita Eagle
The Hutchinson News  (10/25/04)
Parsons Sun  (10/21/04)
The Emporia Gazette
Daily News [Bowling Green]  (10/24/04)
The Daily Independent [Ashland]
Glasgow Daily Times
The Ledger Independent [Maysville]
Louisville Courier-Journal  (10/24/04)
Lexington Herald-Leader  (10/17/04)
The Daily Advertiser [Lafayette]  (10/28/04)
Shreveport Times  (10/24/04)
The Sun Journal [Lewiston]  (10/27/04)
Journal Tribune [Biddeford]  (10/30/04)
The Times Record [Brunswick]  (10/29/04)
Kennebec Journal  (10/24/04)
*Bangor Daily News  (10/23/04)
Portland Press Herald  (10/10/04)
Morning Sentinel [Waterford]
Easton Star Democrat  (10/24/04)
Baltimore Sun  (10/31/04)
Cape Cod Times  (10/28/04)
Sentinel & Enterprise [Fitchburg]  (10/25/04)
Boston Herald  (10/20/04)
The Sun [Lowell]  (10/03/04)
The Eagle-Tribune [Lawrence]
*Telegram & Gazette [Worcester]  (10/24/04)
The Republican [Springfield]  (10/24/04)
Boston Globe  (10/17/04)
MetroWest Daily News [Framingham]
The Standard-Times [New Bedford]
The Berkshire Eagle [Pittsfield]
Milford Daily News
The Grand Rapids Press  (10/17/04) 
The Oakland Press  (10/10/04) 
Kalamazoo Gazette 
The Ann Arbor News 
The Macomb Daily 
Jackson Citizen Patriot 
The Herald Palladium [St. Joseph]
Midland Daily News 
The Daily Telegram [Adrian]
The Daily Mining Gazette [Houghton]
The Daily Press [Escanaba]
The Daily News [Greenville]
Ludington Daily News 
Sturgis Journal 
Niles Daily Star
The Bay City Times  (10/24/04) 
*The Flint Journal  (10/24/04) 
Lansing State Journal  (10/24/04) 
Traverse City Record-Eagle  (10/24/04) >
Time Herald [Port Huron]  (10/24/04)
Battle Creek Enquirer  (10/17/04) 
Livingston County Daily Press & Argus  (10/17/04) 
The Muskegon Chronicle  (10/17/04) 
Detroit Free Press  (10/04/04) 
The Saginaw News 
The Argus-Press [Owosso]
Petoskey News-Review 
The Daily Globe [Ironwood]
St. Paul Pioneer Press  (10/31/04) 
Bemidji Pioneer  (10/24/04) >
St. Cloud Times  (10/29/04)
Star Tribune [Minneapolis]  (10/17/04)
Duluth News Tribune  (10/17/04)
Mankato Free Press  (10/17/04)
*The Clarion-Ledger  (10/31/04)
St. Joseph News-Press  (10/31/04)
Joplin Globe (10/30/04)
Lebanon Daily Record  (10/29/04)
Hannibal Courier-Post
Springfield News-Leader  (10/27/04) >
*Columbia Daily Tribune  (10/17/04)
Kansas City Star  (10/17/04)
St. Louis American  (10/17/04)  ...African American paper
St. Louis Post-Dispatch  (10/10/04)
Montana Montana
*Billings Gazette  (10/24/04) >
Omaha World-Herald  (10/17/04) >
Lincoln Journal Star
The Grand Island Independent
McCook Daily Gazette
Elko Daily Free Press
Las Vegas Review-Journal  (09/12/04)
Reno Gazette-Journal  (10/24/04)
Las Vegas Sun  (10/24/04)
Las Vegas Mercury  (10/17/04)  ...alternative weekly
Nevada Appeal [Carson City]  (10/17/04)
New Hampshire
Foster's Daily Democrat  (10/21/04)
The Union Leader [Manchester]  (10/14/04)
New Hampshire
Valley News  (10/24/04)
Keene Sentinel  (10/24/04)
The Telegraph [Nashua]  (10/24/04)
Portsmouth Herald  (10/24/04)
Concord Monitor  (10/20/04)
New Jersey
Trentonian  (10/29/04) >
Asbury Park Press [Neptune]  (10/24/04) >
New Jersey
Jersey Journal [Jersey City] (10/30/04)
*Courier Post [Camden]  (10/28/04) >
The Daily Journal [Vineland]  (10/25/04)
Gloucester County Times [Woodbury]  (10/24/04)
The Times [Trenton]  (10/24/04)
The Star-Ledger [Newark] (10/24/04) >
The Record [Bergen County] (10/24/04)
Courier-News [Bridgewater]  (10/24/04)
The Daily Record [Parsippany]  (10/24/04)
New Mexico
Albuquerque Journal  (10/31/04) >
Daily Times [Farmington]  (10/24/04) 
Las Cruces Sun-News  (10/17/04)
Carlsbad Current-Argus  (10/17/04)
New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexican  (10/24/04)
*Albuquerque Tribune  (10/12/04)
New York
*New York Daily News  (10/31/04) >
The Record [Troy]  (10/31/04) >
Poughkeepsie Journal  (10/24/04)
New York Post  (10/22/04) >
New York Sun  (10/15/04)
New York
Albany Times Union  (10/31/04) >
Corning Leader  (10/31/04) >
Ithaca Journal  (10/29/04) >
Newsday  (10/24/04)
The Buffalo News  (10/24/04)
*The Journal News [Westchester/Rockland]  (10/24/04) >
New York Times  (10/17/04)
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Staten Island Advance
The Daily Star [Oneota]
The Post-Star [Glens Falls]
*Star-Gazette [Elmira]
North Carolina
The Enterprise-Record [Mocksville]
North Carolina
News & Observer [Raleigh]  (10/24/04)
Asheville Citizen Times  (10/24/04)
Daily Advance [Elizabeth City]  (10/24/04) >
The Pilot [Southern Pines]  (10/20/04)
Charlotte Observer  (10/17/04)
Greenville Daily Reflector  (10/17/04)
Star-News [Wilmington]
News & Record [Greensboro]
North Dakota
The Forum [Fargo]  (10/24/04) >
Minot Daily News
North Dakota
Bismarck Tribune  (10/24/04) >
Grand Forks Herald  (10/17/04)
Columbus Dispatch  (10/24/04) >
Cincinnati Enquirer  (10/24/04) >
Mansfield News-Journal  (10/24/04) >
Chillicothe Gazette  (10/24/04) >
The News-Herald [Lake County]  (10/24/04)
The Independent [Massillon]  (10/24/04) >
Cincinnati Post  (10/23/04) >
Canton Repository  (10/17/04)
The Courier [Findlay]  (10/06/04)
The Vindicator [Youngstown] 
Times Reporter [New Philadelphia] 
The Advocate [Newark] 
Zanesville Times Recorder (10/27/04)
Toledo Blade  (10/24/04)
Akron Beacon Journal  (10/17/04)
Dayton Daily News  (10/17/04)
The Oklahoman  (10/24/04)
Tulsa World  (10/10/04)
Enid News & Eagle
The Shawnee News-Star
Muskogee Daily Phoenix 
The News-Review [Roseburg] (10/18/04) 
The Bulletin [Bend] 
Albany Democrat-Herald 
Daily Courier [Grants Pass] 
Argus Observer [Ontario]
Daily Astorian  (10/18/04) 
Mail Tribune [Medford]  (10/17/04) 
*The Oregonian  (10/10/04) 
The Register Guard [Eugene] 
Statesman Journal [Salem] 
The World [Coos Bay] 
East Oregonian [Pendleton] 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  (10/31/04) 
The Express-Times [Easton]  (10/24/04)
Erie Times-News 
York Daily Record 
Altoona Mirror 
Lebanon Daily News 
The Sentinel [Carlisle]
Observer-Reporter [Washington]
The Citizens' Voice [Wilkes-Barre]  (10/25/04)
*Herald-Standard [Uniontown]  (10/25/04) >
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  (10/24/04)
*Morning Call [Allentown]  (10/24/04)
Centre Daily Times [State College]  (10/24/04)
Times Leader [Wilkes-Barre]  (10/17/04)
Philadelphia Inquirer  (10/10/04)
Philadelphia Daily News  (06/16/04) ...first major newspaper to make an endorsement
Bucks County Courier Times
Doylestown Intelligencer 
Beaver County Times

Rhode Island
The Providence Journal  (10/31/04)

Rhode Island
South Carolina
The Item [Sumter] 
*Herald-Journal [Spartanburg] 
The State [Columbia]
The Post and Courier [Charleston] 
The Greenville News 
The Times and Democrat [Orangeburg]
South Carolina
The Herald [Rock Hill]  (10/24/04)
Anderson Independent Mail
Sun News [Myrtle Beach]

South Dakota
The Daily Republic [Mitchell] (10/29/04)
The Rapid City Journal
The Argus Leader (10/24/04)

South Dakota
The Knoxville News-Sentinel  (10/24/04)
The Kingsport Times-News  (10/24/04)
The Chattanooga Free Press  (10/24/04)
Johnson City Press
The Leaf-Chronicle [Clarksville]
The Tennessean  (10/24/04)
*The Commercial Appeal [Memphis] (10/24/04)
The Chattanooga Times  (10/24/04)
Nashville Scene (10/21/04)  ...weekly
Jackson Sun  (10/17/04)
Houston Chronicle  (10/24/04) >
Austin American-Statesman  (10/24/04)
Dallas Morning News  (10/17/04)
San Antonio Express-News  (10/17/04)
El Paso Times  (10/17/04)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram  (10/17/04)
The Victoria Advocate  (10/16/04)
Amarillo Globe-News  (09/12/04)
*Corpus Christi Caller Times  (10/24/04)
Waco Tribune-Herald  (10/24/04) >
Lufkin Daily News  (10/24/04)
Longview News-Journal  (10/24/04) >
The Baytown Sun  (10/17/04)
Citizen's Advocate Newspaper [Coppell]  (10/13/04)  ...weekly
Lone Star Iconoclast [Crawford]  (09/28/04)  ...weekly
Salt Lake City Tribune  (10/23/04) >
Vermont Vermont
Times Argus [Barre-Montpelier] (10/30/04) >
Brattleboro Reformer (10/30/04) 
Bennington Banner (10/30/04)
Burlington Free Press (10/26/04) 
Rutland Herald (10/26/04) 
Richmond Times-Dispatch  (10/17/04)
The Free Lance-Star [Fredericksburg]  (10/17/04) >
Bristol Herald-Courier 
News Advance [Lynchburg] 
Daily New-Record [Harrisonburg] 
Danville Register & Bee 
The Daily News Leader [Stauton] 
Potomac News [Woodbridge]
Daily Press [Hampton Roads] (10/24/04) 
The Virginian Pilot [Hampton Roads]  (10/21/04) >
Roanoke Times  (10/17/04) 
King County Journal [Bellevue] (10/24/04) >
Spokesman-Review [Spokane]  (10/17/04)
The Columbian [Vancouver]  (10/10/04)
Yakima Herald-Republic 
The Daily News [Longview] 
The Chronicle [Centralia]
The Olympian  (10/24/04) >
Tacoma News Tribune  (10/24/04) >
*Tri-City Herald [Richland]  (10/24/04)
*Bremerton Sun  (10/24/04)
Everett Herald  (10/24/04) 
*Walla Walla Union Bulletin  (10/22/04)
Grand Coulee Star  (10/13/04)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer  (10/10/04) >
*Seattle Times  (08/27/04)
Port Townsend Leader 
West Virginia
Morgantown Dominion Post  (10/31/04)
Parkersburg News  (10/24/04) 
The Intelligencer [Wheeling]  (10/23/04) 
Bluefield Daily Telegraph  (10/23/04) >
Charleston Daily Mail  (10/15/04)
West Virginia
Huntington Herald-Dispatch  (10/30/04)
Times West Virginian [Fairmont]  (10/27/04)
Charleston Gazette  (10/19/04)
Green Bay Press-Gazette  (10/31/04)
Shawano Leader  (10/31/04)
Monroe Times  (10/30/04)
Daily Telegram [Superior]  (10/30/04)
Beloit Daily News (10/25/04) >
Wisconsin State Journal  (10/24/04) >
*Post-Crescent [Appleton]  (10/24/04) 
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter (10/24/04)
Janesville Gazette (10/24/04)
The Northwestern [Oshkosh]  (10/22/04) 
Chippewa Herald  (10/19/04)
Sheboygan Press  (10/31/04) 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  (10/28/04) >
Capital Times [Madison]  (10/28/04)
*La Crosse Tribune  (10/27/04) >
Green Bay News-Chronicle  (10/27/04) 
Kenosha News  (10/24/04)
Racine Journal Times  (10/24/04) >
*Wausau Daily Herald  (10/23/04) 
La Opinión  (Los Angeles, CA) (10/25/04)
El Dia (IL)
Siglo 21 (MA)
Gente de Minnesota (MN)
Lazos Hispanos (MN)
El Mundo (NV)
Imagen (NM)
El Dairio La Prensa (NY)
Al Dia (PA)
* Indicates paper known to have supported Bush in 2000 or supported Gore in 2000 and now supports the nominee of the other party.

Non-Endorsement: Some Examples
Tucson Citizen (10/23/04)
Tampa Tribune (10/17/04)
"Why We Cannot Endorse President Bush For Re-Election"
Ottumwa Courier (11/1/04)
"We know Bush can be president. We also think Kerry could do the job, too."
The Times-Picayune
In a Oct. 26 letter to the editor, writer Kathy J. Higgins of Metairie termed the paper's decision to remain neutral "spineless."
The Detroit News
The Rochester Post-Bulletin
"No-endorsement" endorsement of Kerry that was seen as noteworthy given the publisher's conservative bent.
New York
The Post-Standard [Syracuse]  (10/31/04)
"Your Choice; The Most Important Endorsement Comes from Voters"
North Carolina
Winston-Salem Journal (10/17/04) >
"Bush Has Gone Astray"
The Scranton Times
The Bryan-College Station Eagle (10/17/04) >
"The Eagle can make no recommendation for president"
Marshfield News-Herald (10/25/04)
The editorial titled "Give us your unifying vision, candidates" stated, "There's not a clear winner in our board's or Wisconsinites' minds with only eight days to go."
Stevens Point Journal
editorial board deadlocked (interestingly in 2000 the ed board had decided to back Bush, but the editor refused to accede)

New Jersey
The Press [Atlantic City] [10/22/04]
"...a regional newspaper's endorsement will add little that is new..."
West Virginia
Clarksburg Exponent Telegram
"We do not endorse any candidates at our newspaper.  We try to give our readers as much information on the elections, national or local, that is possible so that they can make their own decisions."
The Register-Herald [Beckley]
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
"we do not endorse. our readers have indicated that they want us to give them enough information with which to decide and they will do the rest."
The Reporter (Fond du Lac)
"Our policy in 2004 was to endorse races where we were able to interview the candidates in person. We made endorsements from the US Senate race down to local races. No presidential."
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune
endorsement of local paper doesn't "mean a hill of beans...readers had made up their minds"
The Daily News (West Bend/Washington County)
typically does not endorse in national races
Portage Daily Register
concentrates on more local races and was short-staffed
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
do not endorse in national elections
Baraboo News Republic
Ashland Daily Press
"we never actually see the candidates"

2000 Endorsements.
Historical: Gannett endorsements.
Joe Strupp.  "Scripps Changes Policy on Prez Endorsements: Anything Goes This Year."  Editor & Publisher.  Sept. 22, 2004.