The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel is the largest daily newspaper in western Colorado, with distribution in six counties. 2013 marked 120 years of publication since the newspaper's founding in 1893.
The Sentinel's companion website, GJSentinel.com, was founded May 17, 1998. Together, the news organization provides daily community, state, national and international news coverage.
The Daily Sentinel's offices and press are located at 734 S. Seventh Street, Grand Junction, Colorado.
Pennsylvania-born traveling salesman I.N. Bunting founded the newspaper in 1893 with partner Howard T. Lee. Walter Walker bought The Daily Sentinel in 1911 and ran it until his death in 1956. He left the newspaper to his son, Preston Walker, who served as publisher until his death in 1970. He left the newspaper to one of his employees, Ken Johnson, who sold the company to Cox Newspapers in 1979.
James Kennedy served as publisher until 1985 when he went on to become chairman and chief executive of parent company Cox Enterprises, naming George Orbanek publisher.
Orbanek served until his retirement in 2007, when Alex Taylor became publisher.
In July 2009, the newspaper was sold to Kansas-based Seaton Publishing Co., and a new Grand Junction Media Co. was formed.
Jay Seaton became publisher of The Daily Sentinel and executive vice president of Grand Junction Media. His brother, Ned Seaton, is president. Their father, Ed Seaton, is chairman.
The Seaton family can trace its roots in journalism back two centuries to the National Intelligencer in Washington, D.C., in 1812.
Seaton Publishing is a family business based in Manhattan, Kansas, that publishes the daily newspaper in that city. It's associated with family-owned newspaper companies in Arkansas City and Winfield, Kansas; Alliance and Hastings, Nebraska; Spearfish, South Dakota; and Sheridan, Wyoming, in addition to radio stations in Manhattan, Kansas.