’s complete editorial operation, including print and the Onion News Network, will be moved to Chicago by next summer, a business decision which has caught the publication’s writers by surprise.
Features Editor Joe Garden discussed the announcement with Huffington Post
on Wednesday. “There's no indication of what's going to happen next,” Garden said. “I don't think the writers have come to a consensus. Everybody is a little bit blindsided, and there are those who are determined to stay in New York.”
Corporate headquarters for The Onion
are already located in Chicago. Although initial calls by HuffPo to Steve Hannah, company chairman and CEO, were not returned, a company spokesperson told HuffPo, “We're still in the very early stages of this process, but we're looking forward to eventually having everyone under one roof in Chicago.”
has a print readership of 3.6 million and its website attracts 7.5 million unique visitors a month, but there are signs the company could be facing financial struggles. In August, overseas readers were faced with a pay wall and a recent squabble
with staff writers for “Onion News Network” has led to their joining the Writers Guild of America.
The paper’s origins date back to 1988, where it began in Madison, Wis., but is most readily identified with its New York City home. Long-known for its attention-grabbing headlines
which often leave first-time viewers perplexed, the writers are apparently unimpressed with the thought of moving to Chicago.
“I can tell you that the [New York City] mayor’s office has been informed,” Garden told HuffPo.