Ottumwa Courier
Southeast Iowa's Best Newspaper
Ottumwa Courier Building
TypeDaily newspaper
EditorKyle Ocker[1]
Associate editorDonald Promnitz [2]
General managerKyle Ocker[3]
FoundedAugust 8, 1848
Headquarters213 East Second Street, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 United States
CityOttumwa, Iowa
Circulation4,451 (as of April 2023)[4]
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The Ottumwa Courier (formerly called Ottumwa Daily Courier) is a three-day (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) newspaper published in Ottumwa, Iowa, United States, and covering Wapello County, Iowa. It also publishes digital-only editions on Wednesdays and Fridays. It is owned by CNHI.

Publishing since 1848, and as a daily newspaper from 1865 to 2020, the Courier is Ottumwa's oldest business. In 1890, it was the original flagship of A.W. Lee's media company, later called Lee Enterprises. The company sold the Courier to Liberty Publishing Group in 1999; two years later, Liberty sold it to CNHI, which has owned it since then.[5]

In May 2020, the CNHI newspaper Daily Iowegian was discontinued and merged with Ottumwa Courier; this was one of the 16 publications shut down by owner CNHI due to business losses associated with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[6]

The newspaper's front page bills itself "Southeast Iowa's Best Newspaper."


  1. ^ Ottumwa Courier staff directory, accessed November 24, 2022.
  2. ^ Ottumwa Courier staff directory, accessed November 24, 2022.
  3. ^ Ottumwa Courier staff directory, accessed November 24, 2022.
  4. ^ "Find Iowa Newspaper". Iowa Newspaper Association. Retrieved 2023-04-10.
  5. ^ About Us, accessed January 17, 2007.
  6. ^ Hare, Kristen (2021-12-02). "More than 100 local newsrooms closed during the coronavirus pandemic". Poynter. Archived from the original on 2021-12-02. Retrieved 2023-08-02. Sixteen on this list are from CNHI.