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Columbia Daily Tribune

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) private
Publisher Vicki Russell
Editor Henry J. Waters III
Founded September 12, 1901
Headquarters 101 N. Fourth St.
Columbia, Missouri 65201
United States
Circulation 19,106 Daily
24,065 Sunday[1]
Website The Columbia Daily Tribune

The Columbia Daily Tribune, commonly referred to as the "Columbia Tribune" or just the "Tribune", is one of two daily newspapers in Columbia, Missouri. It is also the only daily newspaper in Columbia that has circulation verified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, and it has been a member of ABC since 1915. 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.


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The Columbia Daily Tribune
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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 911a E. Broadway (now home to KOPN). Mitchell bought Strong out in 1905 but died shortly thereafter from typhoid fever.[2]

In 1905 the Waters/Watson family bought the newspaper. Edwin Watson operated the Tribune until 1937, when he passed control to his nephew, H.J. Waters Jr. In 1966, Hank Waters succeeded his father and continued to operate the Tribune until December 31, 2010.

On January 1, 2011 Hank Waters' children Andy Waters and his sister Elizabeth bought out four other family members to take full ownership of the company. Vicki Russell, Hank Waters' wife, became the publisher—the first woman to ever hold that position, Andy Waters became co-owner of the Tribune and its president and general manager and Hank Waters took the title of publisher emeritus.


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.[3]

Game Over

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.[4] The column was originally written by Greg Miller, but in 2007, he moved on to work for IGN.[5] Miller was replaced by Paul Dziuba, who was hired specifically for the column.

As of February 4, 2009, Game Over is no longer published. [6]

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