In 2012 the South Bend Tribune celebrated its 140th anniversary. It was founded in 1872 by Alfred B. Miller and Elmer Crockett. Throughout the life of the newspaper it has had descendants of the founders as editor and publisher for 113 of the 125 years.
The Tribune serves 6 counties, four in north central Indiana and two in southwest Michigan. South Bend, with 104,000 residents, is the largest city. St. Joseph County has a population of 258,400.
The South Bend community is traditionally highlighted by strong ethnic, industrial and educational diversity. From its inception South Bend has been identified by the presence of the University of Notre Dame, the county’s largest employer at 4,200 employees. South Bend is also the home to the Hummer vehicle of AM General Corp., Bendix Brakes Engineering,Honeywell International Corp. andFederal-Mogul Inc. to name just a few.