Kansas City Times

The Kansas City Times was a morning newspaper in Kansas City, Missouri, that was published from 1867 to 1990.

Kansas City Times
TypeDaily newspaper
Ceased publication1990
HeadquartersKansas City, Missouri

The morning Kansas City Times, under ownership of afternoon The Kansas City Star, won two Pulitzer Prizes and was bigger than its parent when its name was changed to The Star.


John C. Moore[1] and John Newman Edwards founded The Times in 1867 to support the Democratic Party's anti-Reconstruction policies. Edwards had been adjutant of Confederate general Joseph O. Shelby's division during the Civil War and claimed to have had more horses shot out from under him than anyone else in Shelby's division.[citation needed] Moore was a colonel under Shelby, and before that chief of staff to General John S. Marmaduke, judge adjutant general, and second in the Marmaduke-Walker duel.[1]

The Kansas City Star ownership 1901–1977Edit

William Rockhill Nelson bought The Times on October 19, 1901, mainly because he wanted The Times' Associated Press wire. Nelson then applied a subheading to the newspaper The Morning Kansas City Star and proclaimed that The Kansas City Star empire was a 24-hour-a-day newspaper. In accordance with Nelson's will, employees took over the newspaper in 1926 upon the death of Nelson's daughter.

Last edition of The Kansas City Times on February 28th, 1990

Capital Cities ownership 1977–1990Edit

The Star and Times were locally owned by employees until 1977, when they were sold to Capital Cities. Under the corporate ownership, The Times had higher circulation than its evening brother. Capital Cities made attempts to make the newsrooms appear to compete (even though Kansas City did not have competing dailies since The Kansas City Journal folded in 1942). The Times won its only Pulitzer Prizes in 1982.

Rick Atkinson won an award for"National Reporting". The Times shared an award with The Star for "Local General or Spot New Reporting" for its coverage of the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse.

Demographics across the country showed throughout the 1980s that morning newspapers were consistently stronger than afternoon papers. On March 1, 1990, The Star (which was then under ownership of Capital Cities/ABC) applied its name to the morning paper and The Times name disappeared, and Kansas City no longer had an afternoon daily.


  1. ^ a b Walter Williams (1915). A History of Northwest Missouri. Lewis Publishing Company. p. 958.

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