Columbia Daily Tribune

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The Columbia Daily Tribune, commonly referred to as the "Columbia Tribune" or the "Tribune," is one of two daily newspapers in Columbia, Missouri. It is also the only daily newspaper in Columbia, Missouri that has circulation verified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, and has been a member of Audit Bureau of Circulations | ABC since 1915. Although written to serve the Columbia metro area it is the most widely circulated newspaper in Mid-Missouri. The paper is a broadsheet delivered evenings Monday through Friday and mornings on Saturday and Sunday.


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.

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 911a E. Broadway (now home to KOPN. Mitchell bought Strong out in 1905 but died shortly thereafter from typhoid fever.

In 1905 the Waters/Watson family bought the newspaper. Edwin Watson operated the Tribune until 1937, when he...
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