Knowledge Identifier: &USA_Today
Founded in 1982.
Countries: United States (89%), (4%), United Kingdom (1%)
Linked to: Gannett Company, ACNielsen, MarketWatch, National Football League
John Seigenthaler - In May 1982, Seigenthaler was named the first editorial director of "USA Today"
Dan McGwire - He made Street & Smith's top 50 list, was named honorable mention all-America by USA Today, completed 203 of 328 passes for 3,172 yards and 33 TDs as a senior, punted for a 40-yard average, led his team to California's East Sectional title , was named California's 1985 Offensive Player of the Year, made the Cal-Hi Sports first team all-state squad, quarterbacked squad to three-year record of 36-3-1 including 13-1 mark as a senior, passed for 345 and 303 yards in sectional championship games as junior and senior, was named 1985 state MVP, and accumulated three-year varsity t
In 1987, Gannett and producer Grant Tinker began developing a newsmagazine series for first-run syndication that attempted to bring the breezy style of "USA Today" to television
On January 29, 1988, "USA Today" published the largest edition in its history with 78 pages, 44,38 pages of advertising, and its Super Bowl edition selling 2,114,055 copies
Jesse Hill Ford - He contributed guest columns to "USA Today" in 1989 and 1990, after changing from political liberal to hard-core conservative
Caldwell Jones - Everybody likes to look at the glorified part of the game, like scoring points, Jones told "USA Today" in 1990
R. L. Stine - In three consecutive years during the 1990s, USA Today named Stine as America's number one best-selling author
Jon Coffelt - In 1991 Coffelt was commissioned by Absolut Vodka to kick off its "Absolut Statehood" campaign representing the state of Alabama; the result was shown in publications such as USA Today, Time, Out and Science Digest.
John Seigenthaler - Seigenthaler announced his retirement in December 1991 from "The Tennessean", just months after he made a similar announcement concerning his tenure at "USA Today"
Othella Harrington - After winning Mr. Basketball in the state of Mississippi for the second consecutive year and being named first team All-American by both "Parade" and "USA Today", Harrington was selected MVP of the 1992 McDonald's All American game as he set a game record with 21 rebounds to go along with 19 points
Jamila Wideman - In 1992-93 Wideman was named USA Today First Team High School All-American, Converse High School All-American, Nike High School All-American, Kodak High School All-American, New England High School Player of the Year, Massachusetts High School Player of the Year, and High School All-American by the WBCA
Arthur Ashe - This ultimately led to his death; he and his wife kept his illness private until April 8, 1992, when reports that the newspaper "USA Today" was about to publish a story about his health condition because of his increasingly gaunt physical appearance forced him to make a public announcement that he had the disease
Tony Snow - Also, "The Detroit News" published his commentary from 1993 to 2000, and he was a Counterpoint Columnist for "USA Today" from 1994 to 2000
Luke Montgomery - In 1993, he changed his last name to "Sissyfag", in an effort to make a point about discrimination against gays and lesbians, a move that was covered in papers from "USA Today" to "The Sydney Morning Herald"
John Haynes, Jr. - "USA Today" Dr. Haynes is known for being chosen as the first Country Doctor of the Year in 1993 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to rural healthcare
Robby Stevenson - As a senior in 1994, he was recognized by "USA Today" as a high school All-American
Jevon Kearse - Following Kearse's senior season in 1994, he was honored as a prep All-American by "USA Today"
Raef LaFrentz - He was named to the USA Today All-USA 1st Team in 1994 and was a high school McDonald's All-American
Misty May-Treanor - In 1994, she was named by USA Today as the best girl's volleyball player in the nation
Buck Gurley - Gurley was considered one of the nation's top defensive line prospects, and was recognized as a consensus high school All-American, including first-team All-American honors from "USA Today", in 1995
Brad Hennessey - In 1997, he graduated from Whitmer High School, where he was named a "USA Today" honorable mention All-American and won All-Ohio honors for his baseball playing
Tron LaFavor - As a senior in 1998, he was a Florida Class 6A first-team all-state selection and was a "USA Today" honorable mention high school All-American
Rex Grossman - Grossman was recognized as the 1998 Indiana Player of the Year by "USA Today", was ranked among the top fifteen players in the nation by the National Recruiting Advisor, and "Parade" magazine named him to its high school All-America team
Derrick Dockery - He was tabbed as a second-team All-USA offensive lineman by "USA Today", and second-team Class 5A all-state selection by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 1998
Chris Simms - In football, he was a two-time All-State honoree, and was named the 1998 "USA Today" National Offensive Player of the Year
DerMarr Johnson - Johnson was a consensus McDonald's, Parade Magazine and USA Today high school All-American as well as Parade's National High School Player of the Year as a senior in 1999
Terrell Suggs - As a senior, Suggs was named a "Parade" high school All-American in 2000, Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year, the No. 1 jumbo athlete in the nation by "SuperPrep Magazine", Arizona Player of the Year by USA Today as well as an All-American by "USA Today" and the 60th-best player in the nation by "Sporting News"
Sam Fuld - He was named a 2000 Pre-season First Team All-American by "Baseball America", "Collegiate Baseball", "USA Today", and "Fox Sports"
Damon Lindelof - It was believed that after the conclusion of "Lost", Lindelof and J. J. Abrams would write and produce a film adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower", but Lindelof squelched this notion in a late 2000s "USA Today", commenting, "After working six years on 'Lost,' the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favorite books of all time
Grace Slick - In a 2001 "USA Today" article, she said, "I'm in good health and people want to know what I do to be this way
Andy Dehnart - The web site has received accolades from entertainment media, with "Slate" deeming it "the site the best culture weblog dedicated to television" and "Entertainment Weekly" awarding it an "A." "USA Today" named Dehnart one of the Top 100 People in Pop Culture in 2001
Greg Olsen (American football) - He was a "USA Today" First-Team All-American as a senior in 2002
Andre Caldwell - He was the "Tampa Tribune"'s Hillsborough County Player of the Year, an all-state selection, and was named a "Parade" magazine, SuperPrep and "USA Today" high school All-American following his senior season in 2002
The newspaper vies with "The Wall Street Journal" for the position of having the widest circulation of any newspaper in the United States, something it had previously held since 2003
Pete Maravich - During a 2003 interview, Jaeson told "USA Today" that, when he was still only a toddler, "My dad passed me a basketball, and I've been hooked ever since
Kris Humphries - He was named a 2003 McDonald's All-American and named Second Team All-USA by USA Today
William H. Macy - In a November 2003 interview with "USA Today", Macy stated that he wanted to star in a big-budget action movie "for the money, for the security of a franchise like that"
Ryan Perrilloux - He won the 2004 Hall Trophy as the nation's most outstanding high school football player and was named Offensive Player of the Year by "USA Today"
Bill Phillips (author) - In 2004 "USA Today" named it among the Top 15 bestselling books of the past decade
Cecilia Tan - In 2004 she won an award for baseball research at the national SABR Convention, the USA Today Sports Weekly award for best poster presentation for her work entitled, "The Women's Baseball Marathon"
Kim Edwards - Edwards' 2005 novel, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter", was named the 2006 Book of the Year by "USA Today"
Rob Borsellino - His columns appeared several times in such publications as "USA Today", "Chicago Tribune", and "The Washington Post", and a compilation of Borsellino's columns were published in his 2005 book "So I'm Talkin' To This Guy..
Jeff Clement - In , he won the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top collegiate catcher, earned 2005 "Baseball America" All-America First Team, "USA Today" Sports Weekly All-America first team and Collegiate Baseball All-America first team honors, as well as 2005 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America third team honors and was a Finalist for the 2005 Golden Spikes Award and named All-Pac-10 for the third straight year
Matthew Stafford - Stafford received numerous accolades including being named to the "Parade" All-America Team and the USA Today Pre-Season Super 25 in 2005
Manny Fernandez (American football) - In 2006, "USA Today" named Manny to their All-time Super Bowl team
The New York Times - Joining a roster of other major American newspapers in recent years, including "USA Today", "The Wall Street Journal" and "The Washington Post", "The New York Times" announced on July 18, 2006, that it would be narrowing the width of its paper by six inches
Whitney Houston - Houston's entrance into the music industry is considered one of the 25 musical milestones of the last 25 years, according to USA Today in 2007.
Oprah Winfrey - In 2007, "USA Today" ranked Winfrey as the most influential woman and most influential black person of the previous quarter century
Whitney Houston - USA Today listed it as one of the 25 most memorable movie moments of the last 25 years in 2007.
Derek Humphry - In April 2007 the editors and book critics of "USA Today" selected "Final Exit" as one of the most memorable 25 books of the last quarter century
Garrett Gilbert - Gilbert was regarded as one of the best high school quarterbacks of his class and was named the 2008 Offensive Player of the Year by "USA Today"
David Petraeus - On February 18, 2008, "USA Today" stated that "the U.S. effort has shown more success" and that, after the number of troops reached its peak in fall 2007, "U.S. deaths were at their lowest levels since the 2003 invasion, civilian casualties were down, and street life was resuming in Baghdad
Warren Buffett - In October 2008, "USA Today" reported that there were at least 47 books in print with Buffett's name in the title
Prezel Hardy - He was named to the 2009 All-USA Track & Field Team by "USA Today"
Xavier Nixon - Nixon earned All-American honors by "Parade" and "USA Today", and was an invitee to the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Stephenie Meyer - The "Twilight" novels held the top four spots on "USA Today"'s year-end list again in 2009
Don Blankenship - According to a "USA Today" editorial dated March 3, 2009, Blankenship "has vividly illustrated how big money corrupts judicial elections
Stephenie Meyer - In August 2009, "USA Today" revealed that Meyer broke J.K. Rowling's record on their bestseller list; the four "Twilight" books had spent 52 straight weeks in the top 10
Nnamdi Asomugha - In 2010, Asomugha was selected as a member of the Fox Sports's and USA Today's NFL All-Decade Team
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith - Plus One, podcast number Four, 2010, smodcast.com She became a news assistant and later a reporter for USA Today in Los Angeles
Tim Shaw (American football) - On January 27, 2010, the USA Today announced that Shaw had made its All-Joe Team, honoring the NFL's unsung and underrated players
Reggie Walton - On August 30, 2010, "USA Today" reported that Walton arraigned former major-league pitcher Roger Clemens on charges of lying to Congress about the use of performance-enhancing substances
Mike Trout - For the 2011 season, of the 13 votes cast for the "USA Today" Minor League Player of the Year Award, Trout received the 2 votes allocated to the fan poll
Craig Huey - According to "USA Today", a poll conducted by the "Daily Kos" and Services Employees International Union shortly before the July 2011 election had Hahn with an 8 point lead over Huey, with 4 percent undecided
Oliver Stone - "USA Today"'s David Jackson, described the October 30, 2012 book with the headline: "'Oliver Stone rips Obama"', quoted:
Selma Blair - "Anger Management" broke a ratings record with 5,74 million viewers in its series debut and ranks as the most-watched sitcom premiere in cable history; according to details provided to "USA Today", "Anger Management" obtained a renewal with 90 additional episodes, which began airing on January 17, 2013
The "Louisville Courier-Journal" had earlier soft-launched the service as part of a pilot program started on November 17, coinciding with an imaging rebrand for the Louisville, Kentucky-based newspaper; Gannett's other local newspaper properties, as well as those it acquired through its merger with the Journal Media Group, began identifying themselves as part of the USA_Today (USA_Today_(song)) Network gradually integrated into the USA Today Network through early January 2016