Day of Design: 20 Years of Newspaper Design
The Virginian-Pilot (commonly called The Pilot) is a daily newspaper based in Norfolk, Va., which serves the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, southeastern Virginia, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. The flagship property of Landmark Media Enterprises, The Pilot is Virginia’s largest daily metro paper.
The Virginian-Pilot and its sister afternoon edition, the Ledger-Star (which ceased publication in 1995) were created by Samuel L. Slover as the result of several mergers of papers dating back to 1868. Slover’s nephew Frank Batten Sr. became publisher at age 27 in 1954. He expanded The Virginian-Pilot‘s parent company, which soon evolved into Landmark Communications and later Landmark Media Enterprises, by acquiring other newspapers and radio stations and by creating The Weather Channel, now owned by NBC Universal.