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About Us

About Belleville News Democrat

120 So. Illinois

Belleville, IL 62220


The Paper

Vision: The Belleville News-Democrat is strongly committed to our responsibility as southwestern Illinois’ most compelling and trustworthy information source, through our newspaper, other print products and website.

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Founded: 1858. In 1883, the Weekly Democrat merged with the Belleville News to become the Belleville News-Democrat. Since its founding, the newspaper has had a succession of owners. It was a family-owned newspaper from 1891 to 1972, until its purchase by Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. Knight Ridder acquired the newspaper in 1997. McClatchy acquired the newspaper in 2006 with its purchase of Knight Ridder.

Key Executives

Jeffry Couch, General Manager and Editor 618-239-2551

Dawn Peil, Human Resources Director 618-239-2529

Distinction: The leading newspaper and online site in Southern Illinois

Market: The second-largest metropolitan area in Illinois, the metro-east is a bustling, fast growing, diverse region just outside St. Louis, Mo. The News-Democrat is the leading daily newspaper in Southwestern Illinois.

Circulation Area: Eight Illinois counties; delivery is primarily St. Clair (population 266,300) and southern Madison counties.

Site: The News-Democrat’s main office is located in downtown Belleville and houses the editorial, advertising, audience and administration staff. The printing facility is less than 2 miles away. The Belleville Weekly Group consists of five weekly publications. Printing is done at the central printing facility in Belleville.

Readership: 102,300 daily; 133,300 Sunday

Circulation: 33,000 daily (M-F); 43,000 Sunday (Source: 4th Quarter 2015, AAM Quarterly Data Report)

Average Monthly Page Views/Unique Visitors:

• 5.8 million page views

• 740,000 unique visitors

Location: The News-Democrat publishes in the metro-east area of the St. Louis metropolitan area, serving most of southwestern Illinois.

McClatchy News Ethics Policy

These ethical guidelines for McClatchy newsrooms outline the values and standards that guide our journalism. No policy can address every conflict that may arise in our day-to-day work. It’s the responsibility of each McClatchy journalist to use good judgment and confer with news managers if the answer to an ethical question is not completely clear.

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