Iowa’s Oldest Newspaper Celebrates 175 Years in Dubuque

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By: Becca Habegger |

DUBUQUE (KWWL) – The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque traces its roots back to 1836.

Today, the paper is producing an 80-page commemorative edition, compiling the paper’s coverage of Dubuque and the tri-state area.

Brian Cooper is the paper’s executive editor.

“May 1836, John King showed up with a press that he had purchased in Ohio, and he brought it over in a wagon, set up his press in Dubuque, which there wasn’t much to Dubuque at the time, and put out The Dubuque Visitor, and that was the first newspaper published in Iowa,” Cooper said.

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