The Decatur Daily

The Decatur Daily is a daily (five days a week) newspaper serving Decatur, Alabama and the Tennessee Valley in the North Alabama area of the United States. As of September 30, 2006, it had an average daily circulation of 20,824 and a Sunday circulation of 23,840. Along with The Anniston Star, it is one of only two family-owned daily newspapers remaining in Alabama.

The Decatur Daily
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The December 7, 2006 front page of
The Decatur Daily
TypeDaily newspaper (except Mondays and Saturdays)
Owner(s)Tennessee Valley Printing Co., Inc.
PublisherBarrett C. "Clint" Shelton III
EditorBruce McLellan
Headquarters201 1st Avenue SE
Decatur, Alabama 35609
 United States


For over 100 years, The Decatur Daily has played a major role in the economic and community development of the Tennessee Valley. It was first published on February 26, 1912 under the banner of The Decaturs Daily, serving the towns of Decatur and New Decatur. After 1916, when New Decatur was renamed Albany, the paper was called The Albany-Decatur Daily. When the two towns were consolidated in 1927, it assumed its present title.

The newspaper is published by the Tennessee Valley Printing Co., Inc., formed in 1911. William R. Shelton was the primary owner and first publisher. He served in this capacity until his death in 1924, and was succeeded by his son Barrett C. Shelton, Sr. Barrett C. Shelton, Jr. has been publisher since 1984, and Barrett C. "Clint" Shelton III today serves as general manager.

On April 1, 2009, The Tennessee Valley Printing Company purchased the TimesDaily newspaper in Florence, Alabama, from the New York Times Regional News Group.

In 2018, facing challenges from the switch to digital media and sharp increases in newsprint costs due to a tariff imposed on Canadian newsprint, 'The Decatur Daily' stopped printing editions on Saturdays and Mondays.[1]


2018 Better Newspaper Contest - Alabama Press Association[2]Edit

Year Award Place Recipient
2018 Best In-Depth News Coverage 1st Keith Clines
2018 Best Photo Essay 1st Crystal Vander Weit
2018 Creative Use of Multimedia 1st Crystal Vander Weit, Catherine Godbey


  1. ^ Shelton, Clint (2 February 2018). "From the publisher: Decatur Daily print edition frequency to change". The Decatur Daily. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  2. ^ Langan, Jaclyn. "APA Better Newspaper Contest Award Winners Announced" (PDF). Alabama Press Association. Retrieved 13 July 2018.

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