The Daily Nonpareil
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Lee Enterprises
PublisherThomas Schmitt
Managing editorCourtney Brummer-Clark
News editorMike Brownlee
Director of InteractiveSusan Payne
FoundedMay 2, 1857; 166 years ago (1857-05-02)
Headquarters300 West Broadway, Suite 108
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503
CountryUnited States
Circulation2,662 Daily
2,776 Sunday (as of 2022)[1]
OCLC number12895103

The Daily Nonpareil is a daily newspaper serving Council Bluffs and a 10-county area of southwest Iowa.


The Daily Nonpareil is southwest Iowa's largest newspaper.[2] It was founded on May 2, 1857.[3]

The paper was acquired in 2011 by Berkshire Hathaway, when it bought the paper's then parent, the Omaha World-Herald and its other subsidiary newspapers in Kearney, Grand Island, York, North Platte, and Scottsbluff, Nebraska.[4] The World-Herald acquired partial ownership in 2000 and full ownership in 2007.[5]

In 2020, Lee Enterprises purchased BH Media Group's newspapers. This purchase included The Daily Nonpareil, the Clarinda Herald-Journal, the Shenandoah Valley News Today, the Logan-Woodbine Twiner, and the Denison Bulletin-Review. On March 16, 2020, Lee officially took over as The Daily Nonpareil's parent company.

Unusually, the paper made a dual-party endorsement in 2016, endorsing both Bernie Sanders and John Kasich, as the best-qualified nominees of the two major parties.[6]

From 1965 to 2000, it was owned by several newspaper chains,[7] including Thomson Newspapers[8] and MediaNews Group.[9]

Starting June 20, 2023, the print edition of the newspaper will be reduced to three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Also, the newspaper will transition from being delivered by a traditional newspaper delivery carrier to mail delivery by the U.S. Postal Service.[10]


  1. ^ Lee Enterprises. "Form 10-K". Retrieved April 13, 2023.
  2. ^ "The Daily Nonpareil". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ "About The Council Bluffs nonpareil". Library of Congress. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Paper's sale is vote of confidence".
  5. ^ "Timeline: The Omaha World-Herald's 150-year story". Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Our View: Two strong standouts in Iowa Caucuses". Daily Nonpareil. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  7. ^ "NONPAREIL SALE RAISES EYEBROWS – Editor & Publisher". Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2016-04-27.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April - Transactions". Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  10. ^ Belin, Laura (2023-05-22). "More Iowa newspapers cut back on print editions". Bleeding Heartland. Retrieved 2023-06-24.