April 3, 2012 

Belleville News-Democrat

120 So. Illinois
Belleville, IL

The Paper

Vision: The Belleville News-Democrat is strongly committed to our responsibility as southwestern Illinois' most compelling and trustworthy information source, through our newspaper, other print products and website.

Founded: 1858. In 1883, the Weekly Democrat merged with the Belleville News to become the Belleville News-Democrat. Since its founding, the newspaper has had a succession of owners. It was a family-owned newspaper from 1891 to 1972, until its purchase by Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. Knight Ridder acquired the newspaper in 1997. McClatchy acquired the newspaper in 2006 with its purchase of Knight Ridder.

Key Executives

Jay Tebbe, Publisher

Jeff Couch, Editor

Randy Atkisson, Vice President, Finance and Operations

Melissa Mason, Advertising Director

John Grove, Circulation Director

Jeanne Newton, Human Resources Director

General Hiring Contact: Human Resources Director Jeanne Newton: 618-239-2515 or e-mail Jeanne Newton

Distinction: The leading newspaper and online site in Southern Illinois

Market: The second-largest metropolitan area in Illinois, the metro-east is a bustling, fast growing, diverse region just outside St. Louis, Mo. The News-Democrat is the leading daily newspaper in Southwestern Illinois.

Circulation Area: Eight Illinois counties; delivery is primarily St. Clair (population 266,300) and southern Madison counties.

Site: The News-Democrat's main office is located in downtown Belleville and houses the editorial, advertising and administration staff. Circulation is located across the street from the main building. The printing facility is less than 2 miles away. The Belleville Weekly Group consists of seven weekly publications. Printing is done at the central printing facility in Belleville.

Readership: 150,000 daily; 185,000 Sunday

Circulation: 53,053 daily (M-F); 56,011 Sunday (Source: March 2010 Publisher Statement)

Website: www.bnd.com

Average Monthly Page Views/Unique Visitors:

• 7.5 million page views

• 660,000 unique visitors

Location: The News-Democrat publishes in the metro-east area of the St. Louis metropolitan area, serving most of southwestern Illinois.

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