Kansas City Star

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The Kansas City Star is a newspaper based out of Kansas City, Missouri. The paper has been the recipient of eight Pulitzer Prizes, four Polk Awards and Missouri Press Association Gold Cups in 12 of the last 13 years.

The Kansas City Star is part of the McClatchy newspaper group.[1]


The Star was founded in 1880 by William Rockhill Nelson and Samuel Morss. In its original form it was a daily paper published as an afternoon edition. A Sunday edition began publication in 1891. In 1901 Nelson purchased the Kansas City Times, a Democratic-leaning daily, and re-branded it as a morning edition of the Kansas City Star.

Ernest Hemingway briefly worked as a reporter for The Star from 1917 to 1918. Hemingway credited a Star editor, C.G. 'Pete' Wellington, with changing his verbose high school writing style into clear, provocative English. The author referred to this admonition from The Star's style sheet: "Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative."

The paper launched its web site, TheStar.com, in 1991, which was rechristened KansasCity.com in 2004.[2]


  1. http://www.kansascity.com/about_the_star/ About the Kansas City Star
  2. http://www.kansascity.com/614/ History of the Kansas City Star