The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Philadelphia Inquirer is a morning daily newspaper
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 that serves the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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, metropolitan area
Delaware Valley
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 of the United States. The newspaper was founded by John R. Walker and John Norvell
John Norvell
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 in June 1829 as The Pennsylvania Inquirer and is the third-oldest surviving daily newspaper in the United States. Owned by Philadelphia Media Network
Philadelphia Media Network
Philadelphia Media Network is an American media company. It owns The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and the web portal, acquiring out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from the prior owner, Philadelphia Media Holdings....

, The Inquirer has the eleventh largest average weekday U.S. newspaper circulation
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 and has won eighteen Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
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The paper has risen and fallen in prominence throughout its history.