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The News Herald
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherTim Thompson
EditorMike Cazalas
Associate editorMelissa Clemmons
Managing editorKatie Landeck
General managerShane Spence
Opinion editorWill Glover
Sports editorDustin Kent
Photo editorPatti Blake
Staff writers
  • Collin Breaux
  • Genevieve Smith
  • Zack McDonald
  • Tony Simmons
  • Kristy Smith
  • Jan Waddy
  • Patrick McCreless
Headquarters501 W. 11th St.
CityPanama City, Florida
CountryUnited States

The News Herald is a daily newspaper serving the city of Panama City, Florida in the United States. It is located at 501 W. 11th St. in Panama City.


Forerunners to the current newspaper were The St Andrews Bay News, founded in 1915, published by Frank Stitzer and edited by G.M. West. This paper was a daily, except Sunday. A second paper, also publishing daily except Sunday was the Panama City Herald, founded in 1935 under the direction of John H. Perry with editorship by Charles T. White. In 1937 the two papers merged as The News Herald, printing daily except Sunday by Bay County Publishers. Later this was revised to daily except Saturday. In 1952 the papers split into the News, publishing 7 days a week, and the Herald publishing daily except Saturday. In 1970 the News Herald reunited as a seven-day a week daily under Freedom Newspapers.[1]

The News Herald was owned by Freedom Communications until 2012, when Freedom sold its Florida and North Carolina papers to Halifax Media Group.[2] In 2015, Halifax was acquired by New Media Investment Group.[3]

The publication was awarded the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service "for its three-year campaign against entrenched power and corruption, with resultant reforms in Panama City and Bay County."[4]


  1. ^ "Panama City herald. [volume]".
  2. ^ Freedom announces sale of Florida, N.C. properties to Halifax Media Group Archived June 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "New Media - Investor Relations - Corporate Overview" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ The Pulitzer Prizes for 1962,; retrieved April 2008