Morning Sentinel
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)MaineToday Media
EditorScott Monroe (acting)
FoundedMarch 3, 1904 (1904-03-03), as Waterville Morning Sentinel
Headquarters31 Front Street,
Waterville, Maine 04901, United States
Circulation13,922 daily
OCLC number38243825

The Morning Sentinel is an American daily newspaper published six mornings a week in Waterville, Maine. It is owned by MaineToday Media.

The newspaper covers cities and towns in parts of Franklin, Kennebec, Penobscot and Somerset counties. The paper is printed at the Portland Press Herald press in South Portland, Maine.


Founded in 1904 by officials of the Waterville Democratic Party—Waterville mayor Cyrus Davis; future U.S. Senator Charles Fletcher Johnson; and future mayor L. Eugene Thayer, leavened by newspaper veteran Thomas F. Murphy—the Waterville Morning Sentinel, within a year, grew from a three-desk operation to requiring its own building, on Silver Street.[1]

In 1911, a financially ailing Davis sold the paper to bond holders; ten years later, it was bought by Guy Gannett, who was in the process of building a newspaper, radio and television empire in Maine. His holdings included the Portland Press Herald and, after 1929, the Sentinel's in-county competitor, the Kennebec Journal.[1]

Gannett's ownership also saw the paper become less politically biased.[1]

Gannett and his heirs—no relation to the Virginia-based chain called Gannett Company—held the three Maine dailies until 1998, when they sold them to The Seattle Times Company, which rechristened the chain "Blethen Maine Newspapers". Frank Blethen, a descendant of Seattle Times founder Albert Blethen, a Maine native, later called the purchase "the largest and riskiest investment in our history" but a necessary move to keep the newspapers from becoming part of a corporate chain.[2]

It was sold in 2009 to MaineToday Media.[3]

In December 2009, the newspaper was criticized for firing one of its journalists who had made negative remarks about the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign.[4][5][6]


The Morning Sentinel prices are: $1.30 daily, $2.30 Saturday/Sunday “Weekend Edition”.


  1. ^ a b c About Archived 2007-06-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed May 27, 2007.
  2. ^ Christie, John. "In the Newspaper Business, Who Owns the Place Makes All the Difference in the World" Archived 2008-10-15 at the Wayback Machine. Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine). August 13, 2006.
  3. ^ "MaineToday Media Acquires Maine Newspapers, Online Information Portal and Related Real Estate Assets". Business Wire. June 15, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
  4. ^ Reporter, Fired for Anti-Gay Marriage E-Mail, Claims Wrongful Termination
  5. ^ Maine Reporter Fired Over Email Sent Attacking Human Rights Campaign Archived 2010-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Reporter fired for gay marriage taunt blames ‘anti-Christian bias’