United Press International

United Press International (UPI), a 1958 amalgamation of the International News Service and United Press, was a major American news agency for more than seven decades. Owned in the early 21st century by News World Communications, UPI is now a remnant of its previous status as a major international news and information provider.


Though founded under its present name in 1958, UPI traces its roots to United Press Associations (UP). Publisher E. W. Scripps, in order to battle AP’s then-restrictive membership policies, had formed three regional Scripps news services in the early 1900s and merged them to become the UP on June 21, 1907. He argued there should be no restrictions on which papers (369 of them at first) could buy his developing news service. He ...

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