Lee Enterprises is a company that operates as a leading provider of local news and information, and a major platform for advertising, with daily newspapers, rapidly-growing digital products, marketing services, innovative technology and nearly 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 77 markets in 26 states.
The company's dedicated focus on local audiences enables it to better engage and make meaningful connections, while making the company less susceptible to macroeconomic trends. In addition, the company provides a full suite of digital marketing services, content management platforms and custom content creation on a national scale.
Lee was founded in 1890 in Iowa, by A.W. Lee. Most of its local news platforms trace their beginnings to the mid-1800s. Among its alumni, teenage Sam Clemens wrote for the Muscatine Journal in Iowa before becoming world-renowned as Mark Twain. In 1973, its newspaper in Davenport, Iowa, became the first in the world to be produced totally by computer.