The Top 10 Missouri Daily Newspapers by Circulation

The first newspaper in Missouri, the St. Louis Gazette, appeared in 1808 and went through several name changes before ceasing publication as the Missouri Republican in 1869.

Updated February 2020


  • 1. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Serves the St. Louis metro area and winner of 19 Pulitzer Prizes, the Post-Dispatch was founded in 1878 after Joseph Pulitzer bought the bankrupt St. Louis Dispatch and combined it with the St. Louis Evening Post.
  • 2. The Kansas City Star
    Published since 1880 and winner of eight Pulitzer Prizes, the Star was founded in 1880 as The Kansas City Evening Star.
  • 3. Springfield News-Leader
    Published in Springfield, the News-Leader mainly serves the Ozarks area and was founded in 1867.
  • 4. St. Joseph News-Press
    Founded in 1845 and originally named the St. Joseph Gazette, the News-Press is published by News-Press & Gazette Co.
  • 5. The Southeast Missourian
    Published in Cape Girardeau, the Southeast Missourian serves Missouri’s southeastern region and was founded in 1904.
  • 6. Daily American Republic
    Published in Poplar Bluff, the Daily American Republic was founded in 1934 and covers the Poplar Bluff and Butler areas.
  • 7. The Joplin Globe
    Published in Joplin, the Globe serves 14 counties in southwestern Missouri and was founded in 1896.
  • 8. Jefferson City News Tribune
    Also known as simply the News Tribune, it was founded in 1865 and is published in Jefferson City.
  • 9. Columbia Daily Tribune
    Also known as the “Columbia Tribune” or just the “Tribune”, it’s published by GateHouse Media and was founded in 1901.
  • 10. The Examiner
    Published five days a week and primarily serving eastern Jackson County, including Independence, Blue Springs and Grain Valley.

Newspaper circulations and rankings are determined by Fullintel’s media intelligence analysts in combination with data supplied by LexisNexis.

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