The Top 10 Louisiana Daily Newspapers by Circulation
The first newspaper ever published in Louisiana, the Courrier de la Louisiane, was founded in 1807 and ceased publication just before the American Civil War, in 1860.
Updated February 2020
1. The Advocate (Louisiana)
Published in Baton Rouge by Georges Media, the Advocate serves southern Louisiana including Baton Rouge and Lafayette. It publishes a separate edition for New Orleans entitled The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate (below).
2. The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate
Founded in 1837, the current iteration of the paper was formed after a 2019 merger between The Times-Picayune and the New Orleans edition of The Advocate. The Times-Picayune won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2006 for its Hurricane Katrina coverage.
3. Shreveport Times
Published by Gannett in Shreveport, the Times was founded in 1871 and serves 12 parishes in Northwest Louisiana and three east Texas counties.
4. Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Published by Gannett and serving Lafayette, Acadia, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion parishes.
5. American Press
Published in Lake Charles, the American Press was founded in 1895 as The Daily American and The Lake Charles Daily Press (which would later merge).
6. Daily Star (Louisiana)
Published in Hammond, the Daily Star (also known as “The Daily & Sunday Star”) was founded in 1959.
7. The News-Star
Published in Monroe and serving a dozen parishes in northeastern Louisiana.
8. The Houma Courier
Published daily in Houma, the Courier primarily serves Terrebonne Parish and was founded in 1878.
9. The Town Talk
Published in Alexandria by Gannett, The Town Talk was founded in 1883 as The Daily Town Talk (it would be renamed the Alexandria Daily Town Talk a few years later).
10. Daily Iberian
Published in New Iberia every day of the week except Sundays.
Newspaper circulations and rankings are determined by Fullintel’s media intelligence analysts in combination with data supplied by LexisNexis.
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