The Maryville Daily Forum is a daily newspaper published Mondays through Fridays in Maryville, Missouri, United States. The newspaper was acquired by its former general manager Phil Cobb via his Cobb Publications company from GateHouse Media in December 2013.[4]

In addition to Maryville, the Daily Forum covers Nodaway County, Missouri, and surrounding areas.


The paper traces its roots to the Nodaway Democrat published in 1869 by future Missouri Governor Albert P. Morehouse. Morehouse had in 1865 published the Maryville Gazette which was just a list of taxes due. In 1869 he launched a more ambitious newspaper.

In the early 1900s William C. Van Cleve, publisher of the Moberly Monitor-Index, merged the Democrat with the Nodaway Forum which had been established on October 24, 1901 by future Congressman Charles J. Colden and the paper was called the Maryville Democrat-Forum.[5][6]

In 1929 Oscar S. Stauffer bought the paper and changed the name to the Maryville Daily Forum.[7] Marion W. Stauffer (no relation to Oscar) was the paper's publisher from 1929 until 1966. The Forum was one of Stauffer's first acquisitions in the Stauffer Communications empire that would eventually cover 11 states.

The paper's other owners have included Morris Communications (which in turn sold it to GateHouse).

The paper's office was for many years just off the Nodaway County Square at 414 North Main. In 1971 they moved to its present location on South Main. On August 31, 2011, the wall of the original North Main building (which had been taken over by a bar called The Pub) collapsed.[8]