About Us Overview

Learn about UPI's first 100 years.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide. UPI is a global operation headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Beirut, Hong Kong, London, Santiago, Seoul and Tokyo.

UPI licenses content directly to print outlets, online media and institutions of all types. In addition, UPI's distribution partners provide our content to thousands of businesses, policy groups and academic institutions worldwide. Our audience consists of millions of decision-makers who depend on UPI's insightful and analytical stories to make better business or policy decisions.

In the year of our 101st anniversary, our company strives to continue to be a leading and trusted source for news, analysis and insight for readers around the world.

Facts about UPI

  • UPI is a global operation headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Beirut, Hong Kong, London, Santiago, Seoul and Tokyo.

  • UPI was founded in 1907 by E.W. Scripps as the United Press (UP). It became known as UPI when the UP merged with the International News Service in 1958, which was founded in 1909 by William Randolph Hearst.

  • UPI is owned by News World Communications, a global multi-media company.

  • Journalists contribute content from all over the world including the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Our stories and photos cover a variety of topics including international and U.S. news, politics, sports, entertainment, health, science and technology.
  • In addition to our English report, we provide news coverage coming out of the Middle East in Arabic and a Spanish-language news report from our correspondents throughout Latin America.

  • UPI's news report is read by millions of global readers each day through our clients and though our distribution partners. Since clients can choose stories that are most appropriate to their business, the readership of each story can differ.