The Dispatch
Front page of The Dispatch (February 28, 2012)
TypeDaily newspaper (Tue. thru Sat.)
Owner(s)Paxton Media Group
PublisherH.B. Varner, Paul Mauney[1]
EditorScott Jenkins[1]
Founded1902 (1902)
LanguageAmerican English
Headquarters30 E. 1st Avenue
Lexington, NC 27292
CityLexington, North Carolina
CountryUnited States of America
Circulation4,032 (as of 2018)[2]
OCLC number650333698

The Dispatch is an American, English language daily newspaper published in Lexington, North Carolina.[3] The newspaper is published Tuesday through Saturday with no Sunday or Monday editions.[4][5]


The Dispatch began publication in 1902, succeeding the weekly Davidson Dispatch (1882–1902), founded by T.B. Eldridge.[6][7] The paper increased to semi-weekly publication in 1919 and to a six-day-a-week schedule on September 6, 1948.[8][9] On September 1, 2008 the publication eliminated its Monday edition and was published only five days.[4]

The New York Times Company acquired The Dispatch in 1973,[9] and the Halifax Media Group acquired it on January 6, 2012.[3] In 2015, Halifax was acquired by New Media Investment Group.[10]

In November of 2022 Paxton Media Group acquired The Dispatch and five other North Carolina newspapers from Gannett Co., Inc.[11]

Estimated average circulation of The Dispatch in 2013 was 6,892.[12]

The Dispatch is a member of the North Carolina Press Association.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "The Dispatch". NC Press Association. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "2018 Legacy NEWM Annual Reports" (PDF). 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Halifax Media Group Closes Purchase of New York Times Company Regional Media Group" (Press release). Halifax Media Group. January 6, 2012. Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Keesler, William (July 31, 2008). "Dispatch to stop publication of Monday newspaper". The Dispatch. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "The Dispatch". Library of Congress. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "About this Newspaper: The Dispatch". Chronicling America. The Library of Congress. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  7. ^ Eldridge, T.B. (May 4, 1904). "A Newspaper Graveyard; The Dispatch Has Lived Where Other Papers Came to Untimely Ends". The Dispatch. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  8. ^ "History Of The Dispatch Since 1882 Birth Recalled". The Dispatch. October 6, 1972. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  9. ^ a b Fickling, Amy (May 5, 1982). "The Sounds Of Hammers Marks 100th Birthday". The Dispatch. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  10. ^ "New Media Announces Agreement to Acquire Halifax Media Group for $280.0 Million" (PDF) (Press release). New Media Investment Group. November 20, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 7, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  11. ^ Northam, Mitchell (December 9, 2022). "Kentucky-based Paxton Media Group buys six North Carolina newspapers from Gannett". Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  12. ^ Covington, Owen (October 31, 2013). "Triad daily newspapers see continued circulation declines". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved September 25, 2015.