Tallahassee Democrat

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Tallahassee Democrat
The December 1, 2008 front page of
Tallahassee Democrat
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Gannett Company
Publisher Julie Moreno[1]
Founded 1905[2]
Headquarters 277 North Magnolia Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
 United States
Circulation 36,670 Daily[3]
Website Official Web Site

The Tallahassee Democrat is a daily broadsheet newspaper. It covers the area centered on Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida, as well as adjacent Gadsden County, Jefferson County, and Wakulla County. The newspaper is owned by Gannett Co., Inc., which also owns the Pensacola News Journal, the Fort Myers News-Press, and Florida Today, along with many other news outlets.

Knight Newspapers bought the Tallahassee Democrat in 1965. The Democrat was acquired by Gannett in August 2005 in a newspaper swap with Knight Ridder.[4]


Predecessors are the Semi-Weekly True Democrat, 1912-1913; Weekly True Democrat, 1914-1915; and The Daily Democrat, 1916-1949. The current name has been used since 1949.

At the time the paper was founded, Leon County and Florida as a whole were overwhelmingly Democratic. In the 1914 elections, Democratic candidates for two of Florida's congressional seats and for the Senate ran unopposed, and in the two contested districts, the Democratic candidates won by 98.8% and 99.3%. At the time, after the disenfranchisement of African Americans with the end of Reconstruction, the Democratic party was overwhelmingly the dominant party in the states of the former Confederacy (see Solid South); it was committed, in the South, to Jim Crow laws and racial discrimination.

In the mid-20th century, during the segregation period, the Democrat published a separate section for black subscribers. White subscribers received in its place the business section.

Fifty years after the Tallahassee bus boycott of 1956 (see History of Tallahassee, Florida), the Democrat apologized for the pro-segregation stance from which it covered the boycott.[5]


Its daily circulation is[when?] estimated between 36,670 and 49,233 with a Sunday readership of 60,000.

Historical circulation based upon Gannett's annual reports.

Year Daily Circulation Sunday Circulation
2010 37746 47714
2009 41420 51148
2008 48298 59211
2007 49173 61438
2006 49355 62271
2005 49652 64546


  1. ^ "Tallahassee Democrat" at Gannett Website
  2. ^ "Tallahassee Democrat" at Gannett Website[dead link]
  3. ^ "Tallahassee Democrat" at Mondo Times
  4. ^ Gannett To Purchase The Detroit Free Press
  5. ^ Julianne Hare, Historic Frenchtown. Heart and Heritage in Tallahassee, Columbia, S.C., History Press, 2006, ISBN 1596291494, p. 79.

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