TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Gannett (New Media Investment Group)
Founder(s)William H. Bernard
PublisherBob Gruber
EditorPam Sander
FoundedSeptember 23, 1867 (1867-09-23)
LanguageAmerican English
Headquarters1003 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Circulation41,300 Daily
47,400 Sunday, 2009[1]
OCLC number52221738

Star-News is an American, English language daily newspaper for Wilmington, North Carolina, and its surrounding area (known as the Lower Cape Fear). It is North Carolina's oldest newspaper in continuous publication.[2] It was owned by Halifax Media Group until 2015, when Halifax was acquired by New Media Investment Group.[3]

The Star-News has a circulation of 41,300 daily (47,400 Sunday)[1] and covers a three-county region in Southeastern North Carolina: New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender.


Historic sign marker for the Wilmington Morning Star
Historic sign marker for the Wilmington Morning Star
The headquarters for StarNews in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina
The headquarters for StarNews in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina

The paper was originally published on September 23, 1867, as the Wilmington Evening Star by former Confederate Major William H. Bernard. Shortly after first publishing the paper, Bernard changed the paper to come out in the morning and changed the paper name to the Wilmington Morning Star.[2] "[I]t was an ardent advocacy of white supremacy-a view never more strongly demonstrated than in its coverage of the Wilmington race riots of 1898."[4]

In 1927, R. W. Page bought the Morning Star, and in 1929 bought the city's afternoon newspaper, the Wilmington News-Dispatch, which was later shortened to simply the Wilmington News. Later in 1929, the two papers began running a combined edition on Sunday, the Star-News. Page and his family continued to own the paper until 1975, when it was acquired by The New York Times Company.[4]

From 1935 to 1970, the Morning Star was located in the Murchison Building on North Front Street in downtown Wilmington. The newspaper moved into its current location at 1003 17th Street South in 1970.[5]

On April 24, 2003; separate delivery of the Morning Star and News ended, and the two papers merged into a single seven-day paper, the Star-News.[6][7]

In 2018, the paper launched a podcast called "Cape Fear Unearthed,"[8] hosted by reporter Hunter Ingram.[9]

As a result of damage from Hurricane Florence in September 2018, the Star-News moved into a temporary location in the Harrelson Building, after operating from a Hampton Inn, WWAY, and even homes of staff. The Star-News never stopped publishing during the storm.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b "FAS-FAX Report". September 30, 2009. Archived 2012-10-27 at the Wayback Machine Audit Bureau of Circulations
  2. ^ a b "Marker: D-75". North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program. North Carolina Office of Archives & History. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  3. ^ New Media Announces Agreement to Acquire Halifax Media Group for $280.0 Million Archived 2016-03-07 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Williams, Wiley J. (2006). "Wilmington Star". In Powell, William S. (ed.). Encyclopedia of North Carolina. University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "StarNews newspaper moves operations to downtown Wilmington because of Florence damage". Winston-Salem Journal. Tribune News Service. September 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Svanum, Ken (April 24, 2003). "New look to page; heritage remains". Star-News. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  7. ^ Svanum, Ken (April 24, 2003). "New look to page; heritage remains (text-only version)". Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  8. ^ StarNews Staff. "StarNews to launch Cape Fear Unearthed history podcast". Wilmington Star News. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  9. ^ "5 things to know about Cape Fear Unearthed host Hunter Ingram". Wilmington Star News. Retrieved 2019-03-16.