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The site was founded in January 2009 by former employees of the East Valley Tribune, and its initial funding was provided by local political consultant Bob Grossfeld, the site’s publisher. The Guardian had three editorial employees.
The Guardian was available only to paid subscribers, who could read the site with plans ranging from $30 to $150 per month . Many of those subscribers were members of the Arizona State Legislature or lobbyists. The site also brought in revenue from advertising. It was profitable as of mid-2009.
In 2010, the site began commissioning polls and developed a free location-based iPhone app designed by Arizona State University students, which allows users to quickly see elected officials for their current location, as well as other political stats and contact information.
Alaska Dispatch a for-profit online newsmagazine that covers state and local issues in Alaska. It also owns the Anchorage Daily News. The site was founded by Tony Hopfinger and Amanda Coyne in 2008. Alice Rogoff, former CFO of U.S. News & World Report, became its majority owner in 2009. The site has an editorial staff of about 12,…