Missouri's oldest daily newspaper is in for a big change. For the first time in more than a century, The Hannibal Courier-Post https://www.hannibal.net/ is under local ownership.

Quincy Media Inc., owner and operator of The Herald-Whig and WGEM-TV/Radio, assumed ownership of the H.C.P.

“I can’t tell you how pleased I am that The Courier-Post has joined the Q.M.I family,” said Ron Wallace, Q.M.I. vice president of newspapers and publisher of The Herald-Whig and The Courier-Post. “Once again, after a long wait, The Courier-Post will be a strong local voice, guided by local principles and values.”

The Courier-Post began printing daily in 1853, with a lineage that dates even earlier to various weekly publications in the region. Sam Clemens' brother owned a predecessor to the H.C.P.  Mark Twain himself worked there as a typesetter.

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 1940's and 1950's. The company changed its name to Quincy Media Inc. in 2016 and now has properties in 16 television markets.

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