The Sedalia Democrat was founded in 1868 as a weekly newspaper and began its daily edition, originally called the Daily Democrat, Dec. 19, 1871.
The Democrat is Pettis County’s primary source for daily local news coverage. We reach more than 15,000 readers in Pettis County and five neighboring counties every Tuesday through Saturday with our print newspaper. Some 64,000 unique viewers visit our website every month for the latest breaking news stories.
The Democrat newsroom took home 25 awards, eight of which were first-place awards, in the Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for work published in 2021. The Democrat competed against other daily newspapers of similar circulation size.
The Democrat newsroom also received the Gold Cup for Class 1 Dailies in the 2021 MPA contest. Gold Cups are given to the newspapers that win the most points in each circulation class for dailies and weeklies. Newspapers receive points for each award they win, with more points attached to first place finishes, followed by second, third and honorable mention.
We also print the Plainsman, which is distributed every Wednesday with more than 23,000 copies distributed by home delivery and racks in Pettis, Johnson, Benton, Morgan and Henry counties.
The Democrat also owns the Warrensburg Star-Journal in Warrensburg, Missouri. It is a twice-weekly newspaper that reaches roughly 2,000 print subscribers each Tuesday and Friday, along with daily updates online.