The Top 10 Wisconsin Daily Newspapers by Circulation

The cream of Wisconsin’s daily newspaper crop is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a nationally regarded publication that has earned several prizes for top reporting over the years. Both the Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal, the state’s two largest daily newspapers, were founded immediately after the Wisconsin Territory was created by U.S. Congress in 1837.

Updated November 2019

  • 1. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Winner of eight Pulitzer Prizes and distributed widely across Wisconsin, the Journal Sentinel was founded as the Sentinel in 1837 and is published by Gannett Co.
  • 2. Wisconsin State Journal
    Published in Madison and distributed across 19 counties by Lee Enterprises, the State Journal was founded as the Madison Express in 1839.
  • 3. La Crosse Tribune
    Covers Wisconsin’s Tri-State area and published by Lee Enterprises.
  • 4. The Post-Crescent
    Published in Appleton by Gannett Co. and founded in 1853 as the Appleton Crescent, the Post-Crescent serves the Appleton/Fox Cities area.
  • 5. Kenosha News
    Serves southeastern Wisconsin and parts of Illinois, the News was founded the Kenosha Evening News in 1894.
  • 6. Green Bay Press-Gazette
    Founded as the Green Bay Gazette in 1866 as a weekly, the Press-Gazette serves Green Bay and northern Wisconsin.
  • 7. Beloit Daily News
    Published in Beloit and serving Rock County, Wisconsin and Winnebago County, Illinois, the Daily News was founded in 1848.
  • 8. Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
    Serves Eu Claire County and surrounding areas, and founded in 1881.
  • 9. The Journal Times
    The Journal Times is published in Racine and serves the Racine County area.
  • 10. The Janesville Gazette
    A daily newspaper published seven days a week in Janesville, the Gazette was founded in 1845 and serves all or part of Rock, Walworth, Green, Dane and Jefferson counties.

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