Record-Courier (Ohio)

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Front page of the Record-Courier
28 August 2013
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)GateHouse Media
EditorMichael Shearer
Headquarters1050 West Main Street
Kent, Ohio 44240
United States

The Record-Courier is an American daily newspaper in Portage County, Ohio, based in Kent.[1] It is published by GateHouse Media of Perinton, New York, after having previously been owned by Dix Communications of Kent and Wooster, Ohio until 2017.[2][3]


The historical origins of the modern Record-Courier begin with the Ohio Star, which was first printed in 1830. In 1854 it merged with the Home Companion and Whig to become the Portage County Democrat, which supported the Free Soil Party and the Know Nothings. As those views became tied to the Republican Party, the paper supported the Union in the American Civil War and changed its name to the Portage Co. Republican Democrat after the war in 1868. In 1882, the paper bought the Portage County Republican and merged the two to create the Ravenna Republican. It would continue under this name until 1928, when it began a series of name changes until it settled on the Record-Courier in 1961.[4][5]

In March 2019, an investigation by Snopes found that the name "Ohio Star" was used by Republican consultants as one of many propaganda websites disguised as local news sites that would promote the politicians who hired them. Many of the writers on these sites, which often share content, have worked for political action committee supporting the politicians they cover, or directly on those politicians' campaigns.[6][7][8]

Earlier version of the title page, from 2009


  1. ^ "Record-Courier Moves to New Offices in Kent". Record-Courier. 2012-08-18. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
  2. ^ "GateHouse Media buys Dix papers". Record-Courier. February 1, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Dix Communications website
  4. ^ "About The Ohio star. (Ravenna, Ohio) 1830-1854". Chronicling America. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "About Record-courier. (Ravenna, Ohio) 1961-current". Chronicling America. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Kasprak, Alex; Palma, Bethania (March 4, 2019). "Hiding in Plain Sight: PAC-Connected Activists Set Up 'Local News' Outlets". Snopes. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "Need to Know: March 5, 2019". American Press Institute. March 5, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Derysh, Igor (March 5, 2019). "Republicans launch propaganda sites designed to look like local news outlets". Salon. Retrieved March 21, 2019.