The Herald-Times
The March 27, 2011 front page
of The Herald-Times
TypeDaily newspaper
Founder(s)Walter S. Bradfute
EditorStephen Crane
Founded1877; 145 years ago (1877) as the Bloomington Telephone[1]
Headquarters1900 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
United States
Circulation27,540 Daily[1]
44,197 Sunday[1]

The Herald-Times is a daily newspaper serving Bloomington, Indiana and surrounding areas. The newspaper won the Blue Ribbon Daily award in 1975, 1984 2007,[2] and 2014,[3] naming it the best daily newspaper in the state of Indiana in those years. The newspaper is currently owned by newspaper conglomerate Gannett.


The newspaper is the current incarnation of a business started in 1877, the Bloomington Telephone, named for the new invention. In 1943, the Telephone merged with the Evening World to become the Bloomington World-Telephone. Another paper, the Bloomington Daily Herald, was started in 1947 and three years later those papers merged into the Daily Herald-Telephone.

In 1966, the Schurz family, via their company Schurz Communications, acquired the newspaper from Dagmar Riley.[4] Scott C. Schurz served as its publisher and chief editor from 1966 to 2002.[5] The word Daily was dropped in 1977 and the name changed to the Herald-Times in 1989 while the newspaper switched from an evening publication to a morning publication.[6]

Starting in 1966, the newspaper produced a joint Sunday-only publication with its sister newspaper, the Times-Mail, in neighboring Bedford called the Sunday Herald-Times that was distributed to the expanded readership of both communities. In 2001, the name of the Sunday newspaper was changed to the Hoosier Times and distributed to a much larger area.[7]

Bloomington Herald Times office
Bloomington Herald Times office

Schurz Communications exited the publishing business in January 2019 and sold the newspaper to GateHouse Media,[8][9] which merged with Gannet seven months later.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "The Herald Times". Schurz Communications. Archived from the original on February 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Zaltsberg, Bob (December 1, 2007). "H-T named state's best daily paper". The Herald-Times. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Zaltsberg, Bob (December 6, 2014). "H-T wins 18 HSPA awards, including Blue Ribbon for best overall daily". Bloomington Herald-Times.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Zaltsberg, Bob (January 28, 2019). "Schurz ownership served region well as era comes to close". The Herald-Times.
  5. ^ Lane, Laura (May 25, 2021). "Scott C. Schurz, a leader in local journalism, died this week at 85". The Herald-Times.
  6. ^ Zaltsberg, Bob (February 1, 1989). "The Herald-Telephone to become morning paper - Name change to The Herald-Times and expanded coverage also included in plan for May 8". Bloomington Herald-Times. The Herald-Telephone will change its name to The Herald-Times and be delivered in the morning beginning May 8, Publisher Scott C. Schurz announced today. The Bloomington-based newspaper will expand its coverage area to include Lawrence and Orange counties at that time, and reorganize its sections in an attempt to better serve its readers. The H-T currently serves Monroe, Brown, Greene, Owen and Morgan counties.
  7. ^ Werth, Brian (December 1, 2000). "Sunday paper to become 'Hoosier Times' - Publication expanding to offer more local and regional news, reach a larger readership". Bloomington Herald-Times. Starting Sunday, Jan. 7, the Sunday Herald-Times newspaper will change its name to the Hoosier Times and begin expanded coverage in a regional corridor stretching from the southern edge of Indianapolis to Paoli... Scott Schurz, publisher of The Herald-Times in Bloomington, the Times-Mail in Bedford and The Reporter-Times in Martinsville, said the new newspaper will combine the interests of the existing properties. He said he has always been fond of the name "Hoosier" as a name for citizens of Indiana and thus chose it for the name of the Sunday-only newspaper... The Sunday Herald-Times was launched Sept. 11, 1966, as a joint product serving Bloomington-Bedford area readers.
  8. ^ Hogan, Jeremy (May 1, 2020). "Herald-Times, owned by Gannett, lays off sports editor, Pat Beane, and executive editor, Rich Jackson". The Bloomingtonian.
  9. ^ Burris, Alexandria (January 30, 2019). "Sale of Bloomington and South Bend papers not a shock to industry watchers". Indianapolis Star.
  10. ^ "Newspaper chain GateHouse buying Gannett, USA Today owner". Politico. August 5, 2019.