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The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, Iowa

The Des Moines Register is the daily morning newspaper of Des Moines, Iowa. A separate edition of The Register is sold throughout much of Iowa.

In 1855, the Iowa Citizen began publication. It was renamed the Iowa State Register in 1860. In 1902, The Register merged with the Des Moines Leader, to become the Des Moines Register and Leader. In 1903, Des Moines banker Gardner Cowles, Sr. purchased the Register and Leader; the name became The Des Moines Register in 1915. Under the ownership of Cowles Media Company, The Register became Iowa’s largest and most influential newspaper. Newspapers were distributed to all four corners of the state by train and later by truck as Iowa’s highway system was improving.

Today the newspaper’s offices are located in downtown Des Moines. On June 1, 2005, the Register launched a weekly tabloid publication, Juice, which features entertainment and lifestyle stories targeted at the 25 to 34-year-old demographic.

Source: Wikipedia



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1993 Frontpage
The Des Moines Register front page from Feb. 10, 1993
See a newsroom photo from 1993


97,518 circulation

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2013 Frontpage
The Des Moines Register front page from Feb. 10, 2013 (Or Feb. 8 page)