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The daily Seattle Post-Intelligencer is the second leading newspaper in Seattle, Washington, United States. It has a daily circulation of 156,711 as of 2003.

The P-I, Seattle's first paper, was founded on December 10, 1863 as the Seattle Gazette by one J.R. Watson. The paper failed after a few years and was renamed the Weekly Intelligencer in 1867 by the new owner, Sam Maxwell. The Intelligencer merged with the Seattle Post in 1881, this being the origin of the present-day name.

Circulation stood at 31,000 in 1911.

William Randolph Hearst took over the paper in 1921. The Hearst Corporation owns the P-I to this day.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Seattle Times are run under a Joint Operating Agreement whereby advertising, production, marketing, and circulation are run by the Times for both papers. They maintain separate news and editorial departments. The papers put out a combined Sunday edition, whose circulation is 473,882, to which the P-I contributes only a small editorial section.

The P-I is notable for its excellent political coverage, its tradition of outstanding columnists and its two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, David Horsey.

Notable investigative reporting on King County Superior Court Judge Gary Little's out-of-court contact with juvenile defendants revealed accusations that Little molested young boys while he was a teacher at Seattle's exclusive Lakeside School between 1968 and 1971. After reporter Duff Wilson called the judge to advise him the newspaper was publishing the story, Little shot himself in the King County Courthouse. The ethical debates surrounding the publication of the story--and the network of connections that protected Little--are taught in journalism classes across the country, and led to reforms in the way judges are disciplined in Washington state.

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