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About Us

The GW Hatchet is an editorially and financially independent student newspaper serving The George Washington University and Foggy Bottom communities. First published October 5, 1904, it is the second-oldest continuously published newspaper in the District, after The Washington Post. Since its inception The Hatchet– deriving its name from the implement apocryphally used by George Washington to chop down his family’s cherry tree- has been a uniting force for the University and the community.

        In 1993, The GW Hatchet was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit, and the paper has been editorially and financially independent of the University since then. It is run by a board of directors composed of Hatchet editors, former staff members, a GW student, a GW professor, and professionals in the media industry. All business and editorial positions are filled by current GW students. The general manager and treasurer oversee daily operations with assistance from the advertising manager, and the editor in chief serves as the corporation’s president. The GW Hatchet publishes 7,500 copies once each week during the academic year on Mondays, in addition to a special freshman orientation issue during the summer recess.

        Over the course of The Hatchet’s long history, the paper has broken many stories that have been picked up by national news organizations. Recently, The Hatchet was the first news organization to cover election night 2008 celebrations around D.C. The paper also broke former president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg’s decision to retire, as well as the selection of the current university president, Steven Knapp. As the newspaper of record for the University’s archives, all back issues are accessible at the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, including award-winning special editions on such events as the assassination attempt on President Reagan and the events of 9/11 in D.C.



With an assassination attempt only blocks from campus, and Pres. Reagan making a recovery on campus at the The GW University Hospital, the GW Hatchet was able to attract national attention with the coverage of these events.

The GW Hatchet was the first news organization to cover the celebration outside the White House after the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Picture above is the groundbreaking ceremony for the new GW Hatchet townhouse with president-emeritus Stephen Trachtenberg (right); GW Hatchet board member Ken Chaletzky (left); and former GW Hatchet editor-in-chief Cory Weinberg (center). The GW Hatchet moved into the townhouse in the  spring of 2014.

      This year, the Associated Collegiate Press named The Hatchet one of the 10 best four-year, non-daily college newspapers in the nation. The award, called the Newspaper Pacemaker, is one of the highest marks in college journalism, which recognizes solid overall coverage, high-quality writing, in-depth reporting, strong columns, top-notch design, and compelling visuals.

        The Hatchet also won the ACP Newspaper Pacemaker award in 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2013. It earned the Online Pacemaker award in 2006, 2008, and 2010, and was named a finalist in 2012 for its website, www.gwhatchet.com, which was launched in 1998.

        Alumni of the newspaper have gone on to write for publications such as PoliticoThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many have won Pulitzer Prizes for their work.