Hattiesburg American
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TypeThrice weekly newspaper
PublisherNathan Edwards
EditorErin Kosnac
Founded1897 as Hattiesburg Progress
Headquartersno longer at 4200 Mamie Street, Hattiesburg, MS. Closed offices.
WebsiteHattiesburg American
Masthead in 2011
Masthead in 2011

The Hattiesburg American is a U.S. newspaper based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, that serves readers in Forrest, Lamar, and surrounding counties in south-central Mississippi. The newspaper is owned by Gannett.


The Hattiesburg American was founded in 1897 as a weekly newspaper, the Hattiesburg Progress.[1] In 1907, the Hattiesburg Progress was acquired by The Hattiesburg Daily News. When the U.S. entered World War I in 1917, the newspaper was renamed the Hattiesburg American.

The Hattiesburg American was purchased by the Harmon family in the 1920s and was sold to the Hederman family in 1960.[1] Gannett acquired the newspaper in 1982.

In 2005, the Hattiesburg American received Gannett's 10th Freedom of Information Award for outstanding work on behalf of the First Amendment.[2] In settlement documents filed in federal court in Jackson, Mississippi, the U.S. government conceded that the U.S. Marshals Service violated federal law when a marshal ordered reporters with the Associated Press and the Hattiesburg American to erase their recordings of a 2004 speech given by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a high school in Hattiesburg.[3]

Hattiesburg American Office Building at 4200 Mamie Street
Hattiesburg American Office Building at 4200 Mamie Street

In 2009, publication of the Hattiesburg American was moved to Gannett's Clarion-Ledger facility in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2010, Gannett announced its intention to sell the 38,000 square foot (3,500 square meter) building which housed the Hattiesburg American operations at 825 North Main Street, and an agreement was reached with a Hattiesburg Commercial Realtor to sell the building.[4] In June 2014, the Hattiesburg American staff announced they would vacate the Main Street location and move their offices to 4200 Mamie Street in midtown Hattiesburg.[5] Office space at 4200 Mamie Street, Hattiesburg, MS has now been closed.

In 2017, Nathan Edwards, President of the Hattiesburg American, announced that the Hattiesburg American would stop its seven-days-a-week print production and publish on three days a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), beginning April 5, 2017.[6]

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