The Kansas City Star

1729 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 | Contact us

Star Press Pavilion

The Star's Press Pavilion at 16th and McGee streets opened in 2006 and ranks as one of the finest printing facilities in the world. It also prints a Midwest edition of The Wall Street Journal.

Star Facts

  • Our state-of-the-art KBA printing presses are so precise that they are used to print more than 90 percent of the world’s currency.
  • Former Star employee Ernest Hemingway called our newsroom style sheet "the best rules I ever learned for the business of writing."
  • Famous Star alums include two U.S. presidents: Harry Truman (mailroom) and Theodore Roosevelt (correspondent).
  • In 1930, legendary Star reporter A.B. Macdonald was asked to come to Amarillo, Texas, to investigate a murder. The 69-year-old reporter arrived by train, solved the murder in two days, wired the story home and won the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Black and white and green all over: Our color ink is soy-based and we print on recycled newsprint. We recycle more than 400 tons of newsprint, aluminum plates and plastics monthly. Even our carpets are made of recycled corn fiber!
  • The Star has been recognized with seven Pulitzer Prizes and a Special Citation. We’ve also won the Gold Cup as the best newspaper in Missouri for 14 of the last 15 years.
  • In print and online, The Star reaches more than 1 million local readers each week. And we reach thousands more through our magazines, books, suburban newspapers and events.
  • Star journalists post more than 3,000 breaking news items to KansasCity.com each month – far and away the area’s top resource for local breaking news.
  • The Star has been a partner with our community for 130 years. Our Hooked on Books drive, now a partnership with the Junior League of Kansas City, has distributed more than 760,000 gently used books to area school children.
  • We also publish some of Kansas City's top magazines, including INK — Kansas City’s largest and most popular free weekly tabloid for younger adults.
  • We love brides! Our KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular is the largest and longest-running bridal show in the Midwest.
  • We've got you covered: The Star also owns and operates area suburban papers including the Olathe News, Lee's Summit Journal, Belton Star Herald and Cass County Democrat Missourian.
  • Our Italian Renaissance-style headquarters at 18th Street and Grand Blvd. was touted as the largest newspaper office in the world when it opened in 1911. Jarvis Hunt, architect of Kansas City's Union Station, designed it.
  • Famed Italian cornetist Allesandro Liberati, bandleader for the Ringling Bros. circus, was so inspired by Star founder William Rockhill Nelson that he moved to Kansas City and wrote "The Kansas City Star March" in 1896. It later became the sign-on music for WDAF radio.
  • The power of print: The Star’s market penetration is in the top five among large newspapers in America. For our advertisers, that means we’re unrivaled in reaching your best customers.

At a glance:

  • Founded: 1880
  • Location: 1729 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
  • President and publisher: Mi-Ai Parrish
  • Print readership: 553,200 daily and 770,300 Sunday
  • Official Web site: KansasCity.com
  • Online readership: More than 3.8 million unique visitors and 28 million page views a month
  • Major advertisers: Target, Kohl's, Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Cabela's, Macy's, Dillard's, Wal-Mart, Sears, Verizon and Sprint
  • Owner: The McClatchy Company
  • Employees: Approximately 616 full-time and 224 part-time

Specialty publications

  • Ink, KC's premier alternative magazine
  • Spaces, the best in fine living
  • M, the magazine for KC moms
  • KC Weddings, your No. 1 wedding planner

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