G. Duncan Bauman began his newspaper career at the Chicago Herald-Examiner, moving in 1941 to work at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. By 1966, Bauman had risen to the rank of publisher and editor. His reputation had grown nationally as well, where he was highly respected for his accomplishments. His local influence grew, and politicians and community leaders sought his support. Within the business community, many sought his backing for civic issues. Bauman was a board member of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Health and Welfare Council, the United Way, the Arts and Education Council, and many others.