The Salt Lake Tribune is the largest-circulated daily newspaper in the city of Salt Lake City. The Tribune, often referred to as just "the Trib," is owned by the Denver-based MediaNews Group, and operated in a joint operating agreement with the Deseret News through the Newspaper Agency Corporation. For almost 100 years it was a family-owned newspaper held by the heirs of U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns. After Kearns died in 1918 the company was controlled by his widow, Jennie Judge Kearns, and son, Thomas F. Kearns. The newspaper's long-time publisher was John F. Fitzpatrick, who started his career as secretary to Senator Kearns in 1913.
The newspaper's motto, at the top of its masthead, is "Utah's Independent Voice Since 1871."