The Citizen

of East Alabama 


The Citizen of East Alabama is the state's largest circulating weekly newspaper. It began in 1954 as a voice for Russell and southern Lee counties and continues to focus news and feature stories on those areas. Read more about the newspaper and its accomplishments by clicking below. 

News & Videos

Check out the latest news and videos from The Citizen staff and around the state. Here, we'll feature a few pages from each week's edition, but we encourage you to pick up a copy of the newspaper to read more. 

The majority of our newspapers are mailed through the US Postal Service. We do have racks throughout Russell and Lee counties where you can pick up a copy for fifty cents. Click below for a full list of places to get it. 

Where to get it

Our Latest Work

Send us Your Thoughts & Events

See something in our area that you want changed? Do you see a need in our community? Or would you like to simply recognize a job well done? Send us your thoughts through the "Contact Us" page, and we may publish them on our opinion page. Send us your calendar events, and we'll add them to our calendar. 

Letters to the Editor may be submitted by email to, by mail to  P.O. Box 1267, Phenix City, AL 36868, Attn: Letter to the Editor,  by fax to 334-298-0833, dropped off at our office at  2401 Sportsman Dr, or through the web site.  All letters must include a name and phone  number to verify authenticity. We will not publish letters supporting, endorsing, opposing or criticizing political candidates. We reserve the right to reject any publication and to edit for libel and  brevity. Please limit comments to  topics that have been or should have been covered by the  newspaper. Limit letters to fewer than 200 words.