Quad-City Times
Quad-City Times front page.jpg
The July 27, 2005 front page
of the Quad-City Times
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Lee Enterprises
PublisherDeb Anselm
EditorMatt Christensen
Headquarters500 E. Third St.
Davenport, IA 52801
United States
Circulation53,942 daily
70,051 Sunday

The Quad-City Times is a daily morning newspaper based in Davenport, Iowa, and circulated throughout the Quad Cities metropolitan area (Davenport, Bettendorf and Scott County in Iowa; and Moline, East Moline, Rock Island and Rock Island County in Illinois).

As it is a regional newspaper, the Quad-City Times is also circulated and has readership in Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Louisa and Muscatine counties in Iowa; and Carroll, Henry, Mercer and Whiteside counties in Illinois.

According to the Iowa Newspaper Association, the Quad-City Times has a circulation of 61,366.[1] The newspaper is owned by Lee Enterprises, which is also located in Davenport.


The Quad-City Times grew from several predecessors, including the Democratic Banner and Blue Ribbon News.

The Democratic Banner was founded in 1848, was sold in 1855 to a group of businessmen and rechristened the Iowa State Democrat. The Iowa State Democrat published its first edition on October 15 of that year, with E. T. Eagel its first publisher. The newspaper underwent many changes through its early history, and by 1899, its circulation was 1,300 daily and 2,500 weekly. By 1903, it was known as the Davenport Democrat, and in 1905, after purchasing its rival newspaper, The Davenport Leader, the name became The Davenport Democrat & Leader, under the city editorship of Ralph W. Cram. The newspaper was sold to Lee Enterprises in 1915; thereafter Cram become editor and publisher, until 1940. Davenport was dropped from masthead in 1937,[2] and by 1951 the newspaper adopted the name of Morning Democrat.[3]

The Blue Ribbon News began publication in 1878; by 1886, it was known as the Davenport Daily Times. The newspaper, which struggled for many years, was sold in 1899 to A. W. Lee (founder of Lee Enterprises) for $120,000.

Both newspapers continued to grow in circulation before being combined into one newspaper - Times-Democrat - in 1964. By 1974, with circulation expanding throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois, the newspaper was given its current name.

In December 1989, the Quad-City Times moved into its current building at 500 E. Third St., Davenport. The facility, completed at a cost of $23.8 million, includes a five-story press room, mail room, warehouse and editorial offices. The facility also houses Trico, the newspaper's commercial printing business.

The Quad-City Times has been on the leading edge of technology, becoming the first all-electronic newspaper in 1973. Electronic pagination began in 1988, with all-digital photography taking root by 1994.

Brent Bozell scandal

In 2014, it was revealed that L. Brent Bozell III, whose conservative column the Quad-City Times had been publishing, was not written by Bozell at all but by designated ghostwriters.[4] In light of the revelation, the Quad-City Times dropped Bozell's column, saying, "Bozell may have been comfortable representing others' work as his own. We're not. The latest disclosure convinces us Bozell has no place on our print or web pages."[5]

Current Quad-City Times columnists include Roy Booker, Linda Cook, Matt Coss, Jennifer DeWitt, Don Doxsie, Alma Gaul, and Barb Ickes. The current editor is Matt Christensen. Deb Anselm is the publisher of the Quad-City Times.

Other editions

The Quad-City Times building in Downtown Davenport
The Quad-City Times building in Downtown Davenport

The newspaper receives Iowa political news from Lee Enterprises' Des Moines bureau, and Illinois political news from its Springfield bureau.

Previously, the Quad-City Times published these additional editions, which have since been discontinued:

The "Quad-City Times" is available on the Amazon Kindle book reader; however without ads, classifieds and most photos and tables.

The Bettendorf News

On Thursdays, the Bettendorf News is published, and the tabloid-sized included in newsstand and subscriber copies in Bettendorf, Le Claire, Pleasant Valley and Riverdale. From 1927 through sometime in the 2000s decade, the Bettendorf News was a stand-alone weekly newspaper. Since 1975, the newspaper has been owned by Lee Enterprises, and during the 2000s decade, the newspaper became a weekly section comprising features, sports recaps and community news. In the past, special weekly sections were also published for the Clinton, and both the upper and lower Rock Island County markets, but these have since been discontinued.

Previous publications

Other publications previously produced by the Quad-City Times included:



  1. ^ "Iowa Newspaper Association". Archived from the original on October 27, 2006. Retrieved January 27, 2007.
  2. ^ https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014119/[bare URL]
  3. ^ https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87058172/[bare URL]
  4. ^ "Ex-employees of conservative figure L. Brent Bozell say he didn't write his books or columns," The Daily Beast, February 13, 2014 (updated April 14, 2017)
  5. ^ "WANTED: A replacement for Brent Bozell". Quad-City Times. February 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "The T-D's It's A Woman's World Wins Top National Prize". Quad-City Times. Times Democrat. December 28, 1965. p. 1. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Penney-Missouri Honors to Women's Pages". The Kansas City Times. December 25, 1971. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "TWO TIMES REPORTERS WIN PENNEY-MISSOURI AWARDS". New York Times. December 20, 1977. Retrieved December 27, 2018.