The Examiner is the daily newspaper of eastern Jackson County, Missouri, including Independence, Blue Springs and Grain Valley. The Examiner was first published as a weekly newspaper in 1898 by Col. William Southern. The daily edition began publication as The Independence Examiner May 16, 1905.The official Examiner website was launched in 1998 and is updated daily. The newspaper significantly expanded its audience in 2001 when it launched two monthly publications, SportsMonthly and The X/Entertainment Magazine. The monthly publications were run by Brendel and John Beaudoin, the newspaper's Specialty Publications Director. Beaudoin left in July 2006 after 10 years at the newspaper to become the publisher of the Logan Herald-Observer and Woodbine Twiner in Harrison County, Iowa. The Examiner launched Welcome Home - a real estate guide - in 2007 and redesigned the newspaper that year.