The Daily News
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Paxton Media Group
PublisherMichael Distelhorst[1]
Managing editorAmanda McReynolds
Sports editorChris Miller
Staff writersJannette Pippin

Kevin Vandenburg

Maxim Tamarov
Founded1953 (1953)
LanguageAmerican English
Headquarters724 Bellfork Road
Jacksonville, NC [901] 353-1171
CountryUnited States
Circulation2.400 Daily
2,400 Sunday (as of 2019)
Sister newspapersGannett newspapers in southeastern North Carolina, specifically the StarNews in Wilmington, The Fayetteville Observer, New Bern Sun Journal, and Kinston Free Press[1]
OCLC number30050468

The Daily News is an American, English language daily newspaper headquartered in Jacksonville, North Carolina. It has served the city of Jacksonville, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, and the surrounding parts of Onslow County including, Richlands, Swansboro, Sneads Ferry, Holly Ridge, and North Topsail since 1953.[2][3][4]

Sunday circulation is approximately 9,000, while M-Sat. circulation is roughly 7,000.[5]


The Daily News was founded in either 1953 or 1954. The Daily News was owned by Freedom Communications until 2012, when Freedom sold its Florida and North Carolina papers including JD News in Jacksonville, Free Press in Kinston and the Sun Journal In New Bern[6] to Halifax Media Group. Halifax Media Group owned a total of 36 newspapers which were acquired in 2015, by GateHouse.[7][3]

It was a broadsheet-format daily until June 1, 2009, when it and two sister dailies, the Sun Journal and the Kinston Free Press converted to a berliner-style format. Since the format change, all three papers are laid out and published in Jacksonville.

In November 2022 Paxton Media Group acquired the Jacksonville Daily News and five other North Carolina newspapers from Gannett Co., Inc.[8]


The paper is a member of the North Carolina Publishing Association. The paper has won many awards from the North Carolina Press Association. In 2019, the paper won first place in News Enterprise Reporting, (Kelsey Stiglitz and Amanda Thames for their story on child abuse.[9] in the daily newspapers under 12,500 circulation category. The paper also won first place in Religion and Faith Reporting, for their article on faith leaders.[10][11][4]

The paper won first place in Education Reporting in 2017, for reporter Jannette Pippin's story on school choice.[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b Steve DeVane, Mike Distelhorst Named Publisher of The Fayetteville Observer, Editor & Publisher (August 15, 2019).
  2. ^ "Daily News Media Kit". GateHouse Media. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  3. ^ a b "Daily News". Library of Congress. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Member Directory". North Carolina Press Association. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Daily News - Quarterly Data Report". Alliance for Audited Media. 2019-09-30. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  6. ^ "GateHouse names new publisher for eastern NC newspapers". The Daily News. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  7. ^ "Ownership". The Daily News. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  8. ^ Northam, Mitchell (9 December 2022). "Kentucky-based Paxton Media Group buys six North Carolina newspapers from Gannett". Retrieved 9 December 2022.
  9. ^ "Child abuse on the rise in Onslow". 2018.
  10. ^ "2018 NCPA Editorial Contest Winners" (PDF). North Carolina Press Association. 2019-03-19. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  11. ^ Staff, Daily News. "Daily News among winners at North Carolina Press Association banquet". The Daily News. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  12. ^ "Editorial Contest Winners for 2017" (PDF). North Carolina Press Association. 2017-10-20. Retrieved 2019-10-31.

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