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Daily Insider newsletter ends run after 27 years

By , Columbian staff writer
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The Daily Insider, a regional newsletter that began as a faxed memo to local leaders, ended its nearly three-decade-long run this week.

A post on its website Thursday said advertising dollars shrank recently and the ownership decided to shut down.

Tony Bacon conceived of The Daily Insider as local news coverage run through a fax machine. Starting in 1991, the Vancouver businessman punched up a week’s worth of news and faxed it to civic leaders and business owners. He succeeded, according to Thursday’s post, by his “heart, spirit and charisma.”

The Daily Insider would become an online news source for paid subscribers, then eventually a free news source buoyed by advertisers. It published five days a week and had 4,000 subscribers at its peak, according to Columbian archives.

After Bacon’s death in 2009, wife Nancy Bacon pivoted coverage to community events like upcoming speakers at Washington State University or concerts by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

“We thank everyone for supporting Tony from the beginning, and for staying on the Insider when Nancy took the helm,” the post said.

Columbian staff writer

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