About Us

Published continuously, without missing a single issue, since 1928, The St. Louis American newspaper has emerged as the leading, most-trusted voice of the area’s African-American community. Moreover, The American has extended its reach to become a major multi-platform media entity.  The St. Louis American is now the single largest weekly newspaper in the entire state of Missouri.

A state of Missouri and city of St. Louis certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), The St. Louis American newspaper has rapidly gained local, regional and national recognition and acclaim.


Over the past three years alone, the St. Louis American has garnered nearly 100 local, regional, and national awards for excellence in journalism and design, as well as commitment to the community. 

The St. Louis American is a 13-time recipient of the Russwurm Award, recognizing the top African-American newspaper in the country, by the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association (NNPA).

The St. Louis American is also currently a Missouri Gold Cup newspaper, among all large weekly newspapers in the state, by the Missouri Press Association. (This marks the fifth time in the last 6 years The St. Louis American has received this top state honor).

In 2015, The St. Louis American was named “Newspaper of the Year” by Local Media Association, a trade organization with more than 1,500 member newspapers in the US and Canada.

 In 2010 the St. Louis American tied for First Place for “Best Weekly Newspaper in North America” by Suburban Newspapers of America.

The St. Louis American is also a five-time recipient of the National Newspaper Association’s (NNA) first place award for Community Service among all weekly newspapers in the United States, as well as a six-time recipient of Missouri Press Association’s first place General Excellence award.

Our Team

Professionalism, teamwork, dedication, integrity and commitment to the community defines the St. Louis American. Current team members at the St. Louis American average more than 17.2 years of experience in the media industry. More than half of the team has been with the American for more than 12 years. Media outlets that our current team members have worked for include: New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Suburban Journals, River Front Times, Ladue News, West End Word, AAA Travel Magazine, Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia Missourian, and more.


The St. Louis American is now the largest weekly newspaper in the entire state of Missouri, and the largest independent newspaper (daily or weekly) in Missouri, distributing 60,000 copies each week.


The new stlamerican.com is one of the most-hit media websites in St. Louis.  The new site is updated several times daily, including weekends. This affords our viewers many opportunities for viewer interaction. Viewers can now submit photos, videos, ads, calendar items, announcements, comments, and much more. 

Increasingly our readers are also connecting with The St. Louis American via Twitter and Facebook. The American now has one of the largest number of Facebook fans in the market.

A niche publication with a multi-media platform, The St Louis American and stlamerican.com provide our readers with information that is important and relevant to them...information from an African-American perspective. The American provides a unique, well-respected forum that gives African Americans a credible voice. Our readers see themselves and their stories, interests, achievements and concerns addressed in The American and on stlamerican.com every week in print and online every day.

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