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History of Ephrata Review

In October 2015, The Ephrata Review will turn 137 years old. It was founded as The Saturday Review by David and J. Wesley Von Neida, in 1878, and was published in a small building on the southwest corner or Lake and East Main Streets.

How many people read The Ephrata Review each week?

With a current paid circulation of approximately 8,000, market estimates state that anywhere from 18,000 to 25,000 (based on “pass-along” rate) people read The Review each week, and that it generally stays in households for the full seven days. The paper is circulated through home and mail delivery, as well as single copy newsstand sales. The paper’s core circulation is northeastern Lancaster County, in the geographic areas that encompass primarily the Ephrata and Cocalico school districts, but also extends into large sections of the Garden Spot, Conestoga Valley and Warwick school districts.

How long has The Ephrata Review been at its current location?

The Review moved from its longtime home of 50 East Main Street to 1 East Main Street in early 1987, less than one year before being purchased by current owners Lancaster Newspapers Inc.

When does The Ephrata Review actually get printed each week?

The final articles and photos should be placed on the pages by no later than 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday morning. The pre- press and press phase should have a paper going out the door to the public by noon that day.

Quick facts

  • The Ephrata Review provides the only in-depth coverage of local news including school board, borough council, township and other municipal news, as well as sports, local entertainment, historical pieces, wedding and engagements, police and fire reports and more.
  • The Review is still considered one of the largest paid circulation weeklies in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Hand-pasted for more than a century, The Review is now fully assembled electronically using document and digital photo files and an Adobe In-Design program. What previously took hot wax and a steady cutting hand now requires deft movements of the mouse and careful planning to execute a page.
  • Once a primarily home-delivered paper, the majority of subscribers now receive the Review through the mail.
  • The Review has had just 10 editors in those 132 years, with Frank “Fonz” Naddeo having the longest tenure…serving from 1956-1978.
  • The Ephrata Review is represented on the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors board of directors, and is a long-time member of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
  • The Ephrata Review averages about 28 broadsheet pages a week not counting special sections.
  • The Ephrata Review has a full-time news staff of three that are joined by several part-timers and photographers shared by its sister publications Lititz Record Express and Lancaster Farming.


Ephrata Review
1 E Main St, PO Box 527
Ephrata, PA


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Editor: Andy Fasnacht — (717) 721-4421

Assistant Editor: Stephen Seeber — (717) 721-4423

Breaking News Reporter: Pat Burns — (717) 721-4455

Sports: Bruce Morgan — (717) 721-4451

Church, Social, Obituaries: Melissa Hunnefield — (717) 721-4452

Police News, Campus News, Business Features: Dena Reedy — (717) 721-4434


Circulation Manager: John Betz — (717) 721-4411

Customer Service:  Contact – (717) 721-4412


Advertising Manager: Beverly Kent — (717) 721-4413

Advertising Rep (Ephrata / Akron): Tim Allen — (717) 721-4420

Advertising Rep (Cocalico): Emily Bauman — (717) 721-4406

Advertising Rep (Lititz): Melissa Melton — (717) 721-4438

Advertising Rep (Manheim): Terry Hougendobler — (717) 721-4405

Classified: Mandy Reidenbach — (717) 733-6397


General Manager: Bill Burgess — (717) 721-4417

Assistant General Manager: Peter Lindquist — (717) 721-4414