The Onion is an American digital media company and news satire organization. It runs an entertainment website featuring satirical articles reporting on international, national, and local news, in addition to a non-satirical entertainment section known as The A.V. Club, and a creative services division called Onion Labs.
Tim Keck and Christopher Johnson, juniors at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, founded The Onion in 1988. The following year, they sold it to Editor-in-Chief Scott Dikkers and Advertising Sales Manager Peter Haise for less than $20,000. Chris Johnson's uncle, Nels Johnson, suggested naming the newspaper, "The Onion," after watching Chris and Tim eat an onion sandwich (simply cut up onion on bread).
Initially, Dikkers contributed a few of his cartoons to The Onion. However, because he was unsure if the paper would be a success, Dikkers did not use his cartoon, "Jim's Journal" in The Onion. Instead, he left "Jim's Journal" at The Daily Cardinal where it had been running since 1987.
As The Onion became more and more popular, it was eventually approached by Comedy Central and expanded, moving the main business to New York City in 2001. Later, The Onion launched its own news network, wrote books, and made a movie. The business was eventually given a Peabody Award in April 2009. The Onion's editorial operation moved from New York City to Chicago where it is as successful as ever. The current Editor in Chief is Cole Bolton.