The newspaper started publication on 17 February 1885 and was known as The Star of the East until 1893.
The newspaper has run a number of campaigns ranging from saving hospitals, to catching murderers. The newspaper has maintained such a campaign to catch the murderer of Ipswich woman Karen Hales since 1993.
The current editor is Terry Hunt.
From 1923 until 2008 the Star had a Saturday football edition, originally called the Football Star and then the Green Un . The Green Un is no longer printed but exists as a website, focused on non-league football. 
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the newspaper's publication, a Class 90 electric locomotive – operated by National Express East Anglia – was given the name The Evening Star in a ceremony at Ipswich railway station on 23 July 2010. 
On 23 January 2012 the Evening Star was rebranded as the Ipswich Star , for sale in Ipswich, and the Felixstowe Star for sale in Felixstowe. Both editions are published Monday to Friday only, with the Saturday edition no-longer published.