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The Marion Star
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Gannett Company
Publisher Tom Brennan
Founded 1877
Headquarters 150 Court Street
Marion, Ohio 43302
 United States
Circulation 13,929 Afternoon
13,790 Sunday [1]
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The Marion Star (formerly known as The Marion Daily Star) is a newspaper in Marion, Ohio. Currently owned by the Gannett Newspaper organization, the paper is also notable as having once been owned and published by future United States president Warren G. Harding, and his wife Florence Kling Harding.

Founded as the Daily Pebble, the format of the small daily grew and became The Marion Daily Star. When Harding acquired the newspaper in the 1880's, it was struggling. The dubious financial position of The Marion Daily Star improved following the marriage of Harding to Florence Kling who promptly set about to straighten out the accounting and increase circulation. American Civil Liberties Union founder and Socialist candidate for President Norman Thomas carried the Daily Star as a youngster growing up in Marion where his father was minister of the First Presbyterian Church.

Sold by President Harding in the late winter/early spring of 1923, the paper was owned by various entities. For a number of years, the paper was part of the Thompson Newspaper chain based in Canada, who changed the name briefly to The Star. Again known as The Marion Star, the paper is owned and operated by the Gannett Newspaper organization of Rosslyn, Virginia. Under Gannett, editorial and business offices are maintained in Marion, while printing operations have been moved to a regional press house in Mansfield, Ohio.

The newspaper is the official newspaper of daily record for Marion County Ohio, and is loosely affiliated with the Columbus, Ohio NBC affilaite WCMH4 through its "Newspaper Network of Central Ohio" program of news sharing.


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