The Herald-Times
The March 27, 2011 front page
of The Herald-Times
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)Gannett
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]
Websitewww.heraldtimesonline.com

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.

History

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]

References

  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.
  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.