Since its founding in 1970, New Times has kept the Valley of the Sun's feet to the fire.

The paper began as an aggressive, irascible alternative to the stuffy mainstream media, which attacked "hippies" just as it now belittles millennials. The fuel for the paper’s creation was provided by opposition to the Vietnam War. After the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University by National Guardsmen, college campuses across the nation erupted into demonstrations and strikes. In Phoenix the state’s dominant newspaper, the Arizona Republic, published an editorial cartoon by Pulitzer Prize winner Reg Manning. Coupled with the intense anti-war sentiment of the time, the cartoon inspired a group of Arizona State University students, led by future owner and editor Michael Lacey, to begin publishing an alternative to the Republic. The New Times was born.

Thanks to its early commitment to digital journalism, New Times, now a part of Voice Media Group, draws more than 1 million monthly active users to its website, They’re joined by more than 200,000 weekly print readers who consider the paper an unparalleled source of information and insight, from politics and business to music and the arts. Hard-hitting investigative reports on everything from the misadventures of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Governor Jan Brewer to the state's troubled justice system have earned New Times a reputation for journalistic fearlessness, and its reporters have been named the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year more than ten times and also taken home numerous awards in the Investigative Reporters & Editors contest and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. In 2007, Lacey and co-founder Jim Larkin were even jailed by Arpaio for publishing articles exposing his misconduct - wrongful arrests that later led Maricopa County to pay a $3.75 million settlement to the journalists.

Along with its hard-hitting journalism, New Times sponsors some of Phoenix’s most popular live events. Its annual Best of Phoenix A'fare, tied to its popular annual "Best of Phoenix" issue, features cuisine from dozens of restaurants from all over the Valley, along with wine, cocktails, beer and entertainment. And at its annual NovemBEER Festival, nearly fifty local breweries serve up more than 100 beer options.

The total package makes New Times a must-read for anyone interested in taking the temperature of the nation’s fifth-largest city.

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