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Encyclopedia > The Kansas City Star

Front page of redesigned The Kansas City Star on June 5, 2006
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet

Owner McClatchy
Publisher Mac Tully
Editor Mark Zieman
Founded 1880
Political allegiance Liberal
Headquarters 1729 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108-1413
United States
Circulation 271,448 Daily
382,540 Sunday [1]

Website: www.KansasCity.com

The Kansas City Star is a McClatchy newspaper based in Kansas City, Missouri, in the United States. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (904x75, 9 KB) Summary Kansas City Star logo Licensing This is a logo of a corporation, sports team, or other organization, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (439x777, 135 KB) Front page of redesigned The Kansas City Star June 5, 2006 This image is of a scan of a newspaper page or article, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the... June 5 is the 156th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (157th in leap years), with 209 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... The McClatchy Company NYSE: MNI is an American publishing company based in Sacramento, California, that operates a number of newspapers and websites. ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar). ... Liberalism is a political current embracing several historical and present-day ideologies that claim defense of individual liberty as the purpose of government. ... Kansas City is a city in Clay, Cass, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... The McClatchy Company NYSE: MNI is an American publishing company based in Sacramento, California, that operates a number of newspapers and websites. ... Nickname: City of Fountains Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ...

Contents

History

William Rockhill Nelson Legacy 1880-1927

William Nelson

The paper, originally called The Kansas City Evening Star, was founded Sept. 18, 1880, by William Rockhill Nelson and Samuel E. Morss after they moved to Missouri after selling the newspaper that became the Fort Wayne News Sentinel in Nelson's Indiana hometown where they had been active in Democratic politics. Image File history File links William-nelson. ... William Rockhill Nelson (March 7, 1841 - April 13, 1915) founded The Kansas City Star in 1880. ... The News-Sentinel is one of two major newspapers based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. ...


Morss quit the newspaper business within a year and a half because of ill health. The paper name was changed to The Kansas City Star in 1885. In 1901 Nelson also bought the morning paper The Kansas City Times. Both papers were purchased by the employees in 1926 following the death of Nelson's daughter. The Kansas City Times was a morning newspaper in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1867 to 1990. ...


The whole transfer is the subject of a tragic legend.


Nelson provided in his will that his newspaper was to support his wife and daughter and then be sold. He died in 1915. His wife died in 1921.


Nelson's daughter Laura Kirkwood died alone in a Baltimore hotel room in 1926 at the age of 43. Laura's husband Irwin Kirkwood who was editor of the paper led the employee purchase. Kirkwood in turn died of a heart attack in 1927 in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he had gone to sell thoroughbred horses. Stock in the company was then distributed among other employees. Flag Seal Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: Get In On It (formerly The City That Reads and The Greatest City in America; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location Location of Baltimore in Maryland Coordinates , Government Country State County United... Saratoga Springs is a city located in Saratoga County, New York. ...


Virtually all proceeds from the sale and remains of Nelson's $6 million personal fortune were donated to create the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art at Oak Hill on the site of Nelson's home. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as seen from Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard to the south The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the preeminent art museum in both Kansas City, Missouri, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Area as a whole. ...


A young Ernest Hemingway was a reporter for the Star from October 1916 to April 1917. Though his time on the paper was brief, Hemingway credited Star editor C.G. "Pete" Wellington with changing a wordy high-schooler's writing style into clear, provocative English. Throughout his lifetime he referred to this admonition from The Star Copy Style, the Star's style guide: Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. ... Style guides generally give guidance on language use. ...

"Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative."

The Roger Miller song "Kansas City Star" is not about the newspaper, but about a performer who prefers to remain in Kansas City where he is already a star. A section of the album jacket for Golden Hits Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. ...


Roy Roberts and Republican Legacy 1928-1976

The Star enjoyed a pivotal role in American politics from the late 1920s when Iowa-native Herbert Hoover was nominated at the 1928 Republican convention in Kansas City through the 1960 at the conclusion of the presidency of Kansas favorite Dwight D. Eisenhower. Herbert Clark Hoover, (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964), the 31st President of the United States (1929–1933), was a world-famous mining engineer and humanitarian administrator. ... D. D. Eisenhower during WWII Dwight David Eisenhower (born David Dwight Eisenhower, October 14, 1890 - March 28, 1969), nicknamed Ike, was an American soldier and politician, who served as the thirty-fourth President of the United States (1953-1961). ...


Although Nelson was a Democrat, the Star took a decisive turn to the Republicans under Roy A. Roberts (1887-1967). Roberts joined the paper in 1909 and was picked by Nelson for the Washington bureau in 1915. Roberts became managing editor in 1928. He was instrumental in pushing Kansas Governor Alf Landon for the Republican nomination in 1932 when he was defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roy A. Roberts on April 12, 1948 Time Magazine Cover Roy Allison Roberts (1887 - February 23, 1967) was a managing editor, president, editor and general manager of the Kansas City Star who guided the paper during its influential period during the Presidencies of Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. ... Alfred Mossman Alf Landon (September 9, 1887 – October 12, 1987) was an American Republican politician from Kansas, who was defeated in a landslide by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1936 presidential election. ... FDR redirects here. ...


Roberts was elevated to president of the Star in 1947. The Star was not particularly kind to hometown Democrat Harry Truman who had been backed by famed big city Democratic Machine boss Tom Pendergast. The Truman administration in its closing days in 1953 filed antitrust charges against the Star over its ownership of WDAF-TV. The Star had run WDAF-AM since 1922. The Star lost its case and had to sign a consent decree in 1957 that led to the sale. The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... For the victim of Mt. ... Thomas Joseph Pendergast (July 22, 1873 – January 26, 1945) controlled Kansas City as a political boss. ... WDAF TV Channel 4 is The Fox Owned & Operated Television station for The Kansas City Market. ...


President Harry S. Truman himself worked two weeks in August 1902 in the mailroom making $7.00 the first week and $5.40 the second. In 1950 Truman half joked in an unmailed letter in 1950 to Star editor Roberts, "If the Star is at all mentioned in history, it will be because the President of the U.S. worked there for a few weeks in 1901." President Truman announces that Germany had surrendered (May 8 1945) Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the thirty-third President of the United States (1945–1953); as Vice President, he succeeded to the office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. ...


In 1954 when Topeka correspondent Alvin McCoy won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles questioning the business dealings of the Republican national chairman. Roberts reported the Pulitzer Prize in a four paragraph item.


Roberts semi-retired in 1963, officially retired in 1965 and died in 1967. [2]


Corporate Ownership 1977-Present

The new printing plant which opened in June 2006. The headquarters is the red brick building on the lower right
The new printing plant which opened in June 2006. The headquarters is the red brick building on the lower right

Local ownership of the newspapers ended in 1977 with the purchase by Capital Cities. In 1990 the Star became a morning newspaper taking the place of what was then the larger Kansas City Times. The Walt Disney Company acquired Capital Cities/ABC in January, 1996. Disney sold the paper to Knight Ridder in May 1997 as Disney moved to concentrate on the broadcast rather than newspaper investments. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2882x1287, 190 KB) Summary Kansas City Star printing plant. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2882x1287, 190 KB) Summary Kansas City Star printing plant. ... Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ... Partial list of newspapers The following is a partial list of newspapers owned by Knight Ridder: Contra Costa Times Detroit Free Press Kansas City Star The Miami Herald Philadelphia Inquirer Saint Paul Pioneer Press San Jose Mercury News The State External link Knight Ridder corporate website Categories: Companies traded on...


Knight Ridder's legacy is a massive $199 million, two-block long, glass-enclosed printing and distribution plant on the northeast side of the Star's landmark red brick headquarters at 1729 Grand Avenue. The plant began printing in June 2006. It took nearly four years to build and is considered a major effort to revitalize downtown Kansas City. The plant contains four 60 foot high presses. On June 4, 2006, the first edition of the Star came out from the new presses with a major redesign in the sections and the logo. The new paper design involved shrinking its broadsheet width from 15 to 12 inches while continuing to keep the same length of 22 3/4 inches. Other broadsheet newspapers across the country including the Wall Street Journal are moving to the smaller standard size. Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ...


The McClatchy Company bought Knight Ridder in June 2006. The McClatchy Company NYSE: MNI is an American publishing company based in Sacramento, California, that operates a number of newspapers and websites. ... Partial list of newspapers The following is a partial list of newspapers owned by Knight Ridder: Contra Costa Times Detroit Free Press Kansas City Star The Miami Herald Philadelphia Inquirer Saint Paul Pioneer Press San Jose Mercury News The State External link Knight Ridder corporate website Categories: Companies traded on...


Pulitzer Prizes

Star headquarters
Star headquarters

The newspaper won eight Pulitzer Prizes: Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x1540, 194 KB) Kansas City Star headquarters in August 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x1540, 194 KB) Kansas City Star headquarters in August 2006. ... The Pulitzer Prize is a United States literary award given out each April. ...

The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1931. ... Nickname: The Yellow Rose of Texas, Helium Capital of the World, Rotor City USA Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas County Potter (and Randall) Government  - Mayor Debra McCartt Area  - City  90. ... The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1933 . ... The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1944. ... The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1952. ... Flooding in northeast Topeka, 1951 In mid-July 1951, heavy rains led to a great rise in the Kansas River and other surrounding areas. ... Journalism PUBLIC SERVICE Newsday, Garden City, N.Y. For its expose of New York States race track scandals and labor racketeering, which led to the extortion indictment, guilty plea and imprisonment of [William C. DeKoning], Sr. ... Charles Wesley Roberts (born December 14, 1902 - 1976) was a Kansas businessman who was Chairman of the Republican National Committee for four months in 1953 under Dwight D. Eisenhower. ... The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1982. ... View of the lobby floor, during the first day of the investigation The Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse was a major disaster that occurred on July 17, 1981 in Kansas City, Missouri, killing 114 people and injuring more than 200 others during a tea dance. ... The Kansas City Times was a morning newspaper in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1867 to 1990. ... Rick Atkinson is a journalist and author. ... Alternate meanings: West Point (disambiguation). ... The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1992. ...

Country song

Country musician Roger Miller had a 1968 hit called "Kansas City Star"[10] about a local television rhinestone cowboy personality who would rather stay home than become a bigger star elsewhere. The title was presumably a double entendre inspired by the newspaper: This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... A section of the album jacket for Golden Hits Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. ... Rhinestone Cowboy refers to several things: The song by Glen Campbell, Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbells autobiography was also called Rhinestone Cowboy (book) Country music singer David Allan Coe used to be called The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Kansas City star, that's what I are
Yodel-leedle lay-dee, you oughta see my car

Famous Columnists

Joe Posnanski (nicknamed Poz) is a columnist for The Kansas City Star. ... Jason Lee Whitlock (b. ... Joseph T. McGuff (August 15, 1926 – February 4, 2006) was an American journalist, author, and newspaper editor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

References

  • The Kansas City Star. The McClatchy Company. Retrieved on October 23, 2006.
  • Ford, Susan Jezak (1999). Roy A. Roberts. Kansas City Public Library. Retrieved on October 23, 2006.
  • The Pulitzer Prizes. Columbia University. Retrieved on October 23, 2006.

October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

External links

  • The Kansas City Star official site

Coordinates: 39°5′34″N, 94°34′51″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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