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About the Hannibal Courier-Post

Posted: Jun. 2, 2020 12:01 am

For the first time in more than a century, The Hannibal Courier-Post is under local ownership.

Quincy Media Inc., owner and operator of The Herald-Whig and WGEM-TV/Radio, assumed ownership of Missouri's oldest daily newspaper on July 1, 2019.

Quincy Media Inc. is a family-owned company that began as Quincy Newspapers Inc. in 1926, the result of the merger of the Quincy Herald and the Quincy Whig. It entered the broadcast business in Quincy in the 1940s and 1950s. The company changed its name to Quincy Media Inc. in 2016 and now has properties in 16 television markets.

The Courier-Post began printing daily in 1853, with a lineage that dates even earlier to various weekly publications in the region. In 1907, the paper's publisher Thomas B. Morse sold the paper to Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa.

The paper was sold again to Stauffer Communications in 1969, which was bought by Morris Communications in 1995. GateHouse Media bought The Courier-Post in 2007.

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