The Albia Newspapers is the oldest continuous business in Monroe County, dating back to 1862 when Matthew Robb founded the Albia Union, a newspaper supporting Abraham Lincoln and his Republican ideals. It was later merged with the Albia Republican. The Monroe County News was founded in 1890 as a Democratic mountpiece and the two newspapers came under the same ownership in 1924. Only a half dozen or so publishers have managed the newspaper. Robert Larson served as editor-publisher for 41 years and editor-publisher, Dave Paxton, has served the newspaper for 36 years. The newspaper is widely recognized for its excellence in editorial page writing and has also received state and national awards for feature writing, editorial writing and ag reporting. In 2014 the newspaper was honored by the Iowa Football Coaches Association for its coverage and commitment to high school football and in 2003 received the News Media Award from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.