The Des Moines Register , morning daily newspaper published in Des Moines , Iowa , one of the most influential regional newspapers in the United States. It was founded in and absorbed its older competitor, the Des Moines Leader founded as the Iowa Star in , in a merger in , becoming the Register and Leader. In the following year Gardner Cowles, Sr. Publication of both papers—the morning Register and the evening Tribune , each with a separate editorial staff—continued under the Des Moines Register and Tribune Company.
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The first newspaper in Des Moines was the Iowa Star. In , George Roberts bought the Register and Leader and merged them into a morning newspaper. The name finally became The Des Moines Register in The Tribune , which merged with the rival Des Moines News in and the Des Moines Capital in , served as the evening paper for the Des Moines area until it ended publication on September 25, Under the ownership of the Cowles family, the Register became Iowa's largest and most influential newspaper, eventually adopting the slogan "The Newspaper Iowa Depends Upon. In , the newspaper's first front-page editorial cartoon , illustrated by Jay Norwood Darling , was published;  the tradition of front-page editorial cartoons continued until December 4, when year veteran cartoonist Brian Duffy was let go in a round of staff cuts. The Register employed reporters in cities and towns throughout Iowa, and it covered national and international news stories from an Iowa perspective, even setting up its own news bureau in Washington, D. During the s, circulation of the Register peaked at nearly , for the daily edition and , for the Sunday edition—more than the population of Des Moines at the time. Cowles eventually acquired other newspapers, radio stations and television stations, but almost all of them were sold to other companies by
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