The first issue of The Junior Dispatch was published in 1949. It showcased written material and artwork by fourth- to ninth-grade students from York County, Pa. Students were awarded a dollar for each published item.

  • Print publication founded in 1949.
  • The weekly publication was posted to The York Dispatch Website in 1998.The printed edition ended with the 2007-08 school year.
  • The Junior Dispatch switched to a Web-only format in October 2008 and began featuring additional content, such as “Great Big World,” a current events blog.
  • In February 2009, Junior Dispatch presented the “Life of Lincoln” series which celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday.
  • In March 2009, Junior Dispatch hosted coverage of the Iditarod sled-dog race.
  • In February 2010, the Junior Dispatch hosted coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and has covered the Olympics since then.
  • In Summer 2010, it began its coloring page gallery.
  • In Summer 2010, it opened its “Time For Comics” section, which features old comic strips.
  • In Summer 2011, it created the “Pocket Cartoon Course,” based on a guide first produced by the Snack-Pack Co. in the 1940s.
  • In December 2011, it assembled its first Christmas Video Collection for the holiday season.

John Simcoe is the executive in charge of most of the content at JuniorDispatch.com, particularly items in the “Great Big World” and “Time for Comics” sections and other special events. He’s also the one who draws coloring pages and illustrations for the site.

Karen Ahrens handles most of the contributions from schools, parents and other caregivers. She’s been working as the JD’s main go-to person since the 1990s. Email her at juniordispatch@yorkdispatch.com.