Daily News-Record
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Ogden Newspapers
PublisherShari Keyes
EditorJillian Lynch [1]
FoundedRockingham Register (1822)
Spirit of the Valley (1878)
Evening News (1899)
Daily News-Record (1913)
Headquarters231 S Liberty St
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Circulation14,579 Daily
15,682 Saturday (as of 2021)[2]

The Daily News-Record is a daily newspaper published in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It serves the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and West Virginia.


19th century

The earliest predecessor Daily News-Record was the Rockingham Weekly Register that began publication on July 27, 1822. In 1833 the Rockingham Weekly Register became the Rockingham Register.

On May 8, 1899, The Evening News was first published. The Evening News is the oldest direct parent of the Daily News-Record. When The Evening News became a morning paper it changed its name to Harrisonburg Daily News.

20th century

In 1905 the Harrisonburg Daily Times was founded as a continuation of the Spirit of the Valley of 1878. Yet another competitor, the Rockingham Daily Record, was founded in 1911. The Daily Times folded in 1912. The Harrisonburg Daily News merged with Rockingham Daily Record resulting in the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record, published from June 4, 1913. The Rockingham Register was published as a weekly supplement of the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record until 1914.[3]

In 1923, the Rockingham Publishing Company, led by State Senator Harry Byrd Sr., acquired the Daily News-Record. Byrd became the publisher. Two years later, Byrd won the elections for Governor of Virginia yet continued to function as the Daily News-Record publisher. In 1939 Harry Byrd Jr. became the new publisher only to be replaced in 2001 by his own son, Thomas Byrd.

21st century

In 2016 the newspaper was printed in 26,000 copies and digitally circulated another 800 copies.[4] In 2018 Ogden Newspapers bought the Byrd Newspapers group.[5][6] Craig Bartoldson became the first publisher not from the Byrd family after 95 years.[7] In 2019, the print figure was down to 23,000.[8] The combined daily readership (print plus online) was estimated at more than 70,000.[8]


  1. ^ "Staff".
  2. ^ "2021Virginia Press Virginia Press Directory" (PDF). vpa.net. Retrieved 2023-04-24.
  3. ^ "The Daily News-Record". University of Virginia Record: Extension Series. 9: 110. 1924. The Daily News-Record is an amalgamation of four dailies — The News, the Rockingham Record, The Daily Times, and the Daily Independent.
  4. ^ Student Awareness of the Daily News-Record. Harrisonburg, Virginia: James Madison University. 2016. The Daily News-Record is a local daily newspaper located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, a city with a population of about 52,000. The Daily News-Record's print circulation is 26,000, while its digital circulation is 800. The paper also houses other local publications, such as the Rocktown Weekly, a free weekly publication that covers local news and the local music scene.
  5. ^ "NEW: Byrd Newspapers to be sold to Ogden Newspapers". Daily News-Record. 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  6. ^ Waltemyer, Katelyn (2018). "DNR transitions to new ownership and prepares for the future". The Breeze. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  7. ^ Bradshaw, Vic (2018). "Ogden Names Bartoldson As DN-R Publisher". Daily News-Record. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "About Us". Daily News-Record. Retrieved 2 June 2019.