Richmond Free Press
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Paradigm Communications, Inc.
PublisherJean Patterson Boone
Managing editorCraig Belcher
FoundedJanuary 16, 1992 (1992-01-16)
Political alignmentCentre-left
Headquarters422 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
United States
Circulation19,817 (as of 2021)[1]

The Richmond Free Press is an independent newspaper in Richmond, Virginia.[2] Published on a weekly basis, it is mainly targeted at the city's African-American community and its poorest residents. Raymond H. Boone, its founder, started the paper in part because he felt these groups were underrepresented in the mainstream media.[3]


Raymond H. Boone and Jean Patterson Boone founded the paper in 1992, and Raymond H. Boone served as its managing editor and publisher until his death on June 3, 2014.[4] Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe eulogized Boone as “a true Virginia legend” whose "life devoted to justice, equality and a well-informed public discourse, and I know that commitment will live on thanks to his leadership at the Richmond Free Press.”[4] Prior to publishing the Richmond Free Press, Boone, who graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in journalism and Howard University with a M.A. in political science, taught journalism at Howard University for almost a decade.[4] Boone was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 2000,[5] and in 2006, he received the Virginia NAACP’s highest honor, the Oliver W. Hill Freedom Fighter Award.[6]

Jean Patterson Boone took over the role of publisher and president upon her husband's death.[7] Her son, Raymond Boone, Jr. is vice president.[6] Her daughter, Regina H. Boone, works at the newspaper as a staff photojournalist.[8][9]

The newspaper's coverage of anti-racism and Black Lives Matter protests in Richmond, and in particular, the toppling of Confederate monuments on the city's Monument Avenue, has been highlighted due in part to Richmond's historical status as the former capital of the Confederacy.[8]

Clarence L. Townes Jr. contributed to it.


The paper has won honors and awards for excellence in journalism, including awards from the National Newspaper Publishers Association,[4] as well as the Virginia Press Association.[3] Previous journalists have included A. Peter Bailey.


  1. ^ "2021Virginia Press Virginia Press Directory" (PDF). Retrieved 2023-04-24.
  2. ^ Danky, James Philip; Hady, Maureen E., eds. (1998). African-American newspapers and periodicals: a national bibliography. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-00788-8.
  3. ^ a b Robinson, Mark (2015-08-12). "What Would Ray Do?". Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  4. ^ a b c d Robinson, Mark (2014-06-03). "Boone Remembered As 'A Crusader for Justice'". Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  5. ^ "Hall of Fame Award Recipients | Robertson School | Virginia Commonwealth University". Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  6. ^ a b Smither, William (2015-11-02). "Raymond Harold/ "Ray" Boone Sr. (1938-2014) •". Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  7. ^ "Why I'm devoting a year to helping black newspapers survive". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  8. ^ a b "Richmond, Va., Photographer Watches Familiar Anger Resurface In Recent Protests". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  9. ^ Watson, Denise M. (10 September 2019). "A Mystery and a Mission". Style Weekly. Retrieved 2020-07-14.