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The Kansas City Star was founded Sept. 18, 1880, by William Rockhill Nelson. In 1901 he bought The Kansas City Times. After the death of his daughter in 1926, the papers were purchased by employees and remained in their control until the sale to Capital Cities Communications in 1977. In 1990, the afternoon paper ceased to exist, however, its name, The Kansas City Star, was retained for the new morning paper. In January, 1996, the Walt Disney Co. acquired Capital Cities/ABC, and become owner of The Star. The Disney Co. sold the Star and several other newspapers to Knight Ridder in May 1997.

The Star is published seven days a week and has its main office in Kansas City, Mo. It operates three bureaus in Missouri (Independence, Kansas City North and Jefferson City) and three in Kansas (Topeka, Overland Park and Kansas City). The newspaper is one of the largest daily publications in the Midwest.

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Major Awards:

Eight Pulitzer Prizes since 1931, including one for National Reporting for Failing the Grade: Betrayals and Blunders at the National Department of Agriculture

George Polk Awards: four since 1991

Associated Press Sports Editors, 2004: "Triple Crown" for the Sports section, which includes placing among the nation's top 10 newspapers in its circulation category in three areas: special sections, daily sections and Sunday sections

National Headliner Awards, including the 2004 first place award for News Beat Coverage to Michael Mansur

James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards 2004: Best food section in its circulation category

APME FOI, 2003: One of seven finalists, based on a four-year court battle with the University of Missouri over the university's internal audits

Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award, 2003, to Lee Hill Kavanaugh

Society of American Travel Writers, 2003: Third Place in its circulation size for travel section; first place in its circulation size for a story

Missouri Press Association, 1994-2003: ten straight Gold Cups, the best large newspaper award

Missouri Press Association Sunshine Award, 2003

Kansas Press Association, 2003: Sweepstakes award for large papers

Goldsmith Award, 2001

National Press Club, 2001: Correspondence Award

Society of American Business Editors & Reporters, 2000: Best in Business Award, spot news

Awards from Sigma Delta Chi, Unity in Media and others

James K. Batten Award for Excellence in Civic Journalism, 1996