The Payson Roundup has been recognized as Newspaper of the Year for the past twelve years (1999-2010) by the Arizona Newspapers Association. It was also honored in 2000 and 2001 by the Inland Press Association as the Nation's Best Newspaper for its size.
The Roundup is the primary news and advertising source for the picturesque communities of the Rim Country in central Arizona. The twice-weekly publication is based in Payson, a recreation and retirement community that's home to 15,000 souls who live within the largest stand of ponderosa pines in the world. The newspaper also serves Star Valley, a community that ranching built, and the quiet mountain hamlets of Pine and Strawberry at the base of the Mogollon Rim, a towering escarpment that spans most of Arizona and part of western New Mexico.
The Roundup's tradition of excellence can be traced back to 1946 when Bert Slater started the twice-a-month publication for the growing ranching communities in the Tonto Basin.
The Roundup, which only sold 200 issues a month during its early years, now has a circulation of more than 7,000.
"The staff at the Payson Roundup strive to be a positive influence within our Rim Country communities," says Roundup Publisher John Naughton. "Our seasoned reporters cover the hard issues affecting our community as well as the faces and everyday events that mold our towns. We hope you enjoy the Roundup as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. The Roundup, it's community newspapering at its finest."
The Roundup's dedication to the community can be seen in each of its pages.
This award-winning newspaper is published every Tuesday and Friday.
The Roundup is located at
708 N. Beeline Highway.
The mailing address is
P.O. Box 2520, Payson, AZ 85547.
Phone (928) 474-5251,
Fax (928) 474-1893.
Schools, churches and other groups are welcome to tour the Roundup printing facility. We write, edit, compose, produce and print the entire newspaper in our building. The Roundup also performs contract printing services for newspapers throughout the region with its five-unit Goss Community press.
The Roundup has more than 35 full- and part-time employees who live in the Payson area.