Columbia Daily Tribune

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Columbia Daily Tribune
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The March 11, 2007 front page
of the Columbia Daily Tribune
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) GateHouse Media
Editor Charles Westmoreland
Founded September 12, 1901
Headquarters 101 N. Fourth St.
Columbia, Missouri 65201
United States
  • Decrease 14,312 (M-Sa) 16,288 (Su) (Q2 2016)[1]
  • Decrease 14,812 (M-Sa) 17,319 (Su) (Q2 2015)[1]
Website The Columbia Daily Tribune

The Columbia Daily Tribune, commonly referred to as the Columbia Tribune or the Tribune, is one of two daily newspapers in Columbia, Missouri, the other being the Columbia Missourian. It is also the only daily newspaper in Columbia with circulation verified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC), and it has been a member of that since 1915, it has been owned by the Watson/Waters family since 1905. Until they sold out

Although written to serve the Columbia Metropolitan Area, it is the most widely circulated newspaper in the region of Mid-Missouri, the paper is a broadsheet delivered evenings on Monday through Friday and mornings on Saturday and Sunday.


The Columbia Daily Tribune offices
The Tribune Publishing Company Headquarters

The Tribune was founded in Sept. 12, 1901, by former University of Missouri student Charles Monro Strong with assistance from Barratt O’Hara as the first daily newspaper in Columbia. Its offices were on the third floor of the Stone Building at 15 S. Ninth St.[2]

Before 1901, news was offered by three weeklies: the Missouri Intelligencer, The Columbia Patriot and The Columbia Statesman; in 1902, Earnest M. Mitchell joined and they moved it to the Whittle Building at 911 E. Broadway Street Suite A(now home to KOPN). Mitchell bought Strong out in 1905 but died shortly thereafter from typhoid fever;[2] in 1905, Edwin Moss Watson bought the newspaper. His nephew, Henry "Hank" Waters, Jr., inherited the paper upon Watson's death in 1937. In 1966, Waters, Jr. succeeded his father and continued to operate the Tribune until December 31, 2010.

On January 1, 2011, Waters, Jr.'s two youngest children, Andy and Lizabeth, bought out four other family members to take full ownership of the company.[3] Vicki Russell, Waters, Jr.'s wife, became the publisher—the first woman to ever hold that position. Andy became president and general manager. Waters, Jr. took the title of publisher emeritus, but will still continue to write editorials.

The Waters family sold the newspaper to GateHouse Media in 2016.[1][4]


The Tribune is an environmentally friendly newspaper, using in excess of 90% recycled newsprint. On June 11, 2008, the Columbia Tribune reported that it is the state leader in use of recycled newsprint.[5]

Game Over[edit]

Started in 2006, Game Over was a video game themed blog and weekly column in the Columbia Tribune, on December 31, 2006 the Tribune reported that the Game Over article Wii’s democracy makes mockery of meritocracy generated 16,766 hits, the ninth most of the year for their site.[6] The column was originally written by Greg Miller, but in 2007, he moved on to work for IGN.[7] Miller was replaced by Paul Dziuba, who was hired specifically for the column.

As of February 4, 2009, Game Over is no longer published.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kirn, Jacob (23 September 2016). "Columbia Daily Tribune bought by New York publisher". St. Louis Business Journal. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Archived 2012-03-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Kris Hilgedick (21 December 2010). "Columbia Daily Tribune ownership shifts". Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Aycock, Jason (23 September 2016). "New Media buying Missouri's Columbia Daily Tribune". Seeking Alpha. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Tribune tops state list for use of recycled newsprint
  6. ^ Web site hits lend newspaper insight into readers’ minds[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Game Over
  8. ^ It's over! Archived 2009-07-20 at the Wayback Machine.

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