The UB Reporter began publication on January 22, 1970, a time of tumult at the University. It succeeded the newsletter, Colleague and to this day, serves as the official source for “in house,” internal news. The first issue included an editorial, “Why The Reporter?” explaining the rationale for the newspaper:
"The feeling was that the University lacks a sense of community—that communication is too helter-skelter—that too many groups feel alienated, apart. Somehow, it was felt, if these groups—faculty, student and staff—could come together on the commons and share their concerns and ideas, their activities, their aspirations and whatever else they have to offer, community and communications would result…But it will not produce instant community. Each of us will have to work toward that goal."