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Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the pre-eminent information provider in the region that we serve.

Company Description

The Messenger-Inquirer publishes seven days a week and is the primary daily newspaper serving Daviess, Hancock, McLean, Muhlenberg and Ohio counties in western Kentucky. The main office and production facility is at 1401 Frederica St. in Owensboro.

The newspaper has a long tradition of excellence in community journalism, having served the community since 1875. It is currently owned by Paxton Media Group, which has its headquarters in Paducah.

The Messenger-Inquirer has consistently been recognized as one of the top papers in Kentucky, winning first place in the Kentucky Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 1996 and 2000 and taking second place five times this decade. In all, the M-I news staff has taken home more than 80 state awards since 2004 while competing against the state’s largest newspapers.

In 1989, the Messenger-Inquirer was chosen by the University of Missouri School of Journalism as one of the nation’s top five small dailies. That same year, the American Society of Newspaper editors named the M-I one of the nation’s 14 best small dailies

In summer 2020, The New York Times coordinated a nationwide project to document the lives of Americans out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study involved collaborating with 11 other local newsrooms around the U.S. The Messenger-Inquirer was the only newspaper from Kentucky in the collaboration. The resulting collection of stories was published Oct. 23, 2020, in the New York Times print edition and at The following list is the Messenger-Inquirer's local unemployment coverage from that time period; read more by clicking the "New York Times Project" header. Click on "Out Of Work In America" to go to the full