Sun Journal
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherMike Distelhorst
EditorChris Segal
FoundedJune 1, 1876; 146 years ago (1876-06-01)
LanguageAmerican English
Headquarters3200 Wellons Blvd.
CityNew Bern, North Carolina 28562
CountryUnited States
Circulation7,560 (as of 2018)[1]
OCLC number11693361

The Sun Journal is an American, English language daily newspaper published in New Bern, North Carolina.[2]


The newspaper began publishing in 1916 as the Sun Journal following the merger of two older newspapers, the Sun and the Journal, in 1914. It was acquired by the New Bernian newspaper in 1923. In 1974 it was acquired by Freedom Communications, Inc. It was owned by Freedom Communications until 2012, when Freedom sold its Florida and North Carolina papers to Halifax Media Group, which itself was acquired by GateHouse Media in 2015.[3] In 2015, Halifax was acquired by New Media Investment Group.[4]

The Sun Journal has the following lineage:[2]

The Sun Journal has a daily circulation of 9,000 and a Sunday circulation of 10,500. It is a broadsheet-format daily (seven days, mornings) with website and Facebook page.[5][6]

The Sun Journal is a member of the North Carolina Press Association. The current editor is Trevor Dunnell and advertising director is Ken Warren.[7]

In November of 2022 Paxton Media Group acquired the New Bern Sun Journal and five other North Carolina newspapers from Gannett Co., Inc.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "2018 Legacy NEWM Annual Reports" (PDF). 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Sun Journal". Library of Congress. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Freedom announces sale of Florida, N.C. properties to Halifax Media Group Archived 2012-06-04 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ New Media Announces Agreement to Acquire Halifax Media Group for $280.0 Million Archived 2016-03-07 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "The New Beren Sun Journal, about". Facebook. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "New Bern Sun Journal". Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "Sun Journal". NC Press Association. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  8. ^ Northam, Mitchell (9 December 2022). "Kentucky-based Paxton Media Group buys six North Carolina newspapers from Gannett". Retrieved 9 December 2022.