The Marion Star
TypeDaily newspaper
EditorTom Graser
Headquarters163 E. Center St., Ste. 100
Marion, Ohio 43302
United States
Circulation13,929 Afternoon
13,790 Sunday [2]
OCLC number18114262

The Marion Star (formerly known as The Marion Daily Star) is a newspaper in Marion, Ohio. The paper is owned by the Gannett Newspaper organization. The paper is also notable as having once been owned and published by Warren G. Harding (prior to his election as President of the United States), and his wife Florence Kling Harding.


Founded as the Daily Pebble, the format of the small daily grew and became The Marion Daily Star. Harding acquired the struggling newspaper in 1884, for $300 with Johnny Sickel and Jack Warwick. Not long after the joint purchase, Harding became sole owner, with Sickel exiting out of frustration with the available equipment, and Warwick leaving for work on a bigger city paper. Harding began editing at the newspaper right after he acquired it and continued to until at least 1920.[3] The dubious financial position of The Marion Daily Star improved following the marriage of Harding to Florence Kling DeWolfe, who promptly set about to straighten out the accounting, and increase circulation. American Civil Liberties Union founder and Socialist candidate for President Norman Thomas worked for the Daily Star while growing up in Marion.[4]

Under Harding the newspaper's editorial position leaned toward the Republican Party platform, but remained somewhat neutral because of its position of the daily newspaper and record for Marion County. However, Harding also launched The Marion Weekly Star, a once-a-week summary newspaper designed for mail delivery and rural circulation, which showed less restraint in it’s Republican stance. The Weekly Star was published from the 1890s into the 1910s when it was discontinued.

The Hardings retained ownership in the paper until mid-1923 when they sold the business to Brush-Moore Newspapers. For a number of years, the paper was part of the Thompson Newspaper chain based in Canada, who acquired Brush-Moore Newspapers in 1967. Under their ownership, the name was briefly changed to The Star in an attempt to broaden the marketability of the paper beyond the Marion County region. Now, again known as The Marion Star, the paper is owned and operated by Gannett, who purchased the paper from Thomson in 2000. Under Gannett, editorial, business offices, and retail advertising are maintained in Marion, while printing and classified advertising operations have been moved to a regional press house in Mansfield, Ohio.

The Marion Ohio Public Library and The Ohio Historical Society maintain microfilm libraries of newspaper for public research; the paper is also accessible for a monthly subscription fee through and

Starting April 2024, the newspaper will switch from carrier to postal delivery.[5]

Notable people


  1. ^ "Brands". Gannett. Ohio. Archived from the original on 2 December 2022. Retrieved 29 December 2022.
  2. ^ "About Gannett: The Marion Star". Gannett Co., Inc. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-12.
  3. ^ Barry, Richard (27 September 1920). "Nominees as Newspaper Men". The Indianapolis Star. Vol. 18, no. 114. p. 8. Retrieved 29 December 2022 – via The next President of the United States will be a middle-aged newspaper man from Ohio. His name will be either Warren G. Harding or James M. Cox.
  4. ^ "Man in the News; Preacher of Dissent; Norman Mattoon Thomas". The New York Times. 1964-12-07. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-02-26.
  5. ^ Kendle, Jeanine (March 6, 2024). "The Marion Star transitioning to postal delivery in April". The Marion Star. Retrieved 2024-03-07.