Southeast Iowa Union

The Southeast Iowa Union is a weekdaily regional newspaper based in Washington, Mt. Pleasant, and Fairfield, Iowa, United States. The newspaper serves Jefferson, Henry and Washington counties.[1][2][3]

Southeast Iowa Union
TypeWeekdaily newspaper
Owner(s)The Gazette
FoundedAugust 2019
Headquarters111 N Marion Ave, Washington, IA, 52353, U.S.
CountryUnited States

The Fairfield edition of the Southeast Iowa Union is a participant in the Iowa Newspaper Association.[4]


The Southeast Iowa Union was launched in 2019 from the merger of three newspapers: the Washington Evening Journal, The Fairfield Ledger, and Mt. Pleasant News.[1][2] On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday readers receive the Southeast Iowa Union. On Thursday readers receive their old local newspaper.[2]

The Gazette bought the three newspapers in 2016.[1][5][6] In 2021, printing operations were moved from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines, Iowa.[7]

In July 2022, The Gazette purchased four weekly newspapers – the Star Press-Union of Belle Plaine, the Marengo Pioneer Republican of Iowa County, Williamsburg Journal Tribune, and Poweshiek County Chronicle Republican of Grinnell – from Gannett (owners of The Des Moines Register). Editorial, advertising and business functions of the four weekly newspapers, the oldest title of which dates to 1856, are based in Washington; editorial content had been overseen by the Register under previous ownership.[8] The four newspapers cover Iowa, Poweshiek and Benton counties, and areas of western Johnson and northern Keokuk counties.


  1. ^ a b c "The Southeast Iowa Union — your source for local news". Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  2. ^ a b c "The Journal Saves 5 Day Delivery & Launches the Southeast Iowa Union". City of Washington, Iowa. 2019-08-06. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  3. ^ "Links-Jefferson County Government - Fairfield IA". Retrieved 2021-11-26.
  4. ^ "Pages for the 21st Century". Iowa Newspaper Association. Retrieved 2021-11-26.
  5. ^ "Gazette Communications buys three southeast Iowa newspapers". Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  6. ^ "What Makes Iowa Newspapers Resilient?". Center for Journalism & Liberty. Retrieved 2021-11-26.
  7. ^ "The Gazette will move printing operations to Des Moines". AP NEWS. 2021-07-09. Retrieved 2021-11-26.
  8. ^ "Gazette, Southeast Iowa Union acquire four weekly newspapers," The Gazette, August 3, 2022. Accessed 08-09-2022. [1]

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