The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
The Forum front page for April 16, 2008
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Forum Communications Company
PublisherBill Marcil, Jr.
EditorMatthew Von Pinnon
FoundedNovember 17, 1891 (but with heritage dating to 1878)
Political alignmentModerate editorial
Headquarters101 5th Street North
Fargo, ND 58102-4826
 United States
CountryUnited States
Circulation19,860 (as of 2021)[1]
OCLC number9563116

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead or more recently The Forum is an American, English language newspaper.[2] It is the major newspaper for Fargo, North Dakota and the surrounding region, including Moorhead, Minnesota. It is the flagship and namesake of Forum Communications. The Forum, as it is commonly known, is the primary paper for southeast North Dakota, and also much of northwest Minnesota. Its average daily circulation was about 47,100 on Sundays and 37,500 on Saturdays prior to reducing its print schedule to semi-weekly.[3] The Fargo Forum was first published on November 17, 1891 by Major A. W. Edwards. However, it traces its lineage to The Republican, which had been founded by Edwards in 1878 and merged into the Forum in 1894.

It has been owned by the family of Norman B. Black since 1917. Publisher Bill Marcil, Jr. is the son of Black's great-granddaughter; he is the fifth generation of the family to run the paper and the company.[4] It took its current form in 1966 when it merged with the Moorhead Daily News, which was acquired by The Forum in 1957.[5]

The Forum is also co-owned with radio station WDAY AM and TV stations WDAY-TV and WDAZ-TV. It used to own KOYY under the call sign WDAY-FM. In spring 2008, The Forum's news staff merged with WDAY-AM's news team, forming one of the first joint radio-print news-gathering operations in the country.[6]

In 2015, higher education reporter Grace Lyden won the NDNA's Rookie of the Year award for her "bulldog tenacity."[7]

In 2020, the newspaper reduced its print schedule to Wednesdays and Saturdays due to economic stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Minnesota Newspaper Directory 2022" (PDF). Minnesota Newspaper Association. 2022-10-01. Retrieved 2023-04-21.
  2. ^ "About The Forum". Library of Congress. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  3. ^ "FORUM OF FARGO-MOORHEAD". Forum Communications Company. 2015-08-14. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  4. ^ Patrick Springer (April 17, 2017). "Family observes 100 years of Forum ownership". The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
  5. ^ "The Fargo forum, daily republican, and Moorhead daily news". Library of Congress. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  6. ^ Roepke, Dave (2008-01-19). "Forum, radio team up". The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Forum Communications Company. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  7. ^ "News/Photography/Special".
  8. ^ "Von Pinnon: The Forum will soon print newspapers twice a week and move to all-mail delivery". 26 May 2020.

46°52′40″N 96°47′09″W / 46.877759°N 96.785766°W / 46.877759; -96.785766 (D: Forum, Fargo-Moorhead)