Sedalia Democrat

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Sedalia Democrat
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Civitas Media
Publisher Shane Allen
Editor Tim Epperson
Founded 1868 (1868), as Democratic Press[1]
Headquarters 700 South Massachusetts Avenue,
Sedalia, Missouri 65302, United States
Circulation 10,949 daily
9,310 Sundays[2]
ISSN 1061-1762

The Sedalia Democrat is an American daily newspaper published in Sedalia, Missouri. It is owned by Civitas Media, a subsidiary of Versa Capital Management.[3]

The Democrat was founded in 1868 as a weekly newspaper,[1] and began its daily edition, originally called the Daily Democrat, December 19, 1871.[4]

In 1995 it became part of the Freedom Communications chain; it was sold in May 2012 to Ohio Community Media. The Democrat is one of three daily newspapers that Ohio Community Media owns outside the state of Ohio. The other two are the Journal-Courier and The Telegraph in Illinois. These three newspapers, along with The Lima News in Ohio, constituted Freedom's Central Division.[5] September 11,2012, Versa Capital Management, LLC (Versa), a private equity investment firm, announced the creation of Civitas Media, LLC (Civitas), a new community news media company. Civitas, Latin for “community” or “citizen”, combined four media entities owned by Versa: Freedom Communications Central, Heartland Publications, Impressions Media, and Ohio Community Media.[6]


  1. ^ a b "About Democratic Press". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Self-reported undated circulation figures at
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  4. ^ "About Daily Democrat". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ Wursthorn, Michael (May 17, 2012). "News Release: Versa Buys Four Papers From Freedom Communications". Dow Jones LBO Wire. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
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