The Orange Leader
TypeSemiweekly newspaper (Wednesday, Saturday)
Owner(s)Boone Newspapers
PublisherStephen Hemelt
EditorStephen Hemelt
Headquarters1008 Green Ave.
Orange, Texas 77631
United States
Circulation931 (as of 2023)[1]

The Orange Leader is a morning newspaper published Wednesdays and Saturdays in Orange, Texas, covering Orange County. It is owned by Boone Newspapers.


After buying two local weeklies[a] in the region in 1980,[2] Cox Enterprises bought the daily Leader in 1985 from owner/publisher James B. Quigley, who had led the paper since 1937. Harry G. Wood, the editor of the nearby Cox newspaper The Port Arthur News, was installed as publisher at that time.[3][4]

In 1991, Cox sold the Leader and the Port Arthur newspaper to American Publishing Company, which in turn dealt them to Community Newspaper Holdings in 1999.[5] After cutting publication from seven days to three (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) in 2011[6] and later to two days, the pair was sold to Boone Newspapers Inc. in 2014.[7]


  1. ^ The Orange-based Opportunity Valley News and Port Arthur-based Community Post.


  1. ^ "2023 Texas Newspaper Directory". Texas Press Association. Archived from the original on 2023-05-03. Retrieved 2023-05-03.
  2. ^ "From the Creaux's Nest". The Record Newspapers. July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "BU graduate to take job as publisher". Waco Tribune-Herald. March 3, 1985.
  4. ^ Cox to sell Orange and Port Arthur newspapers
  5. ^ Port Arthur News history, accessed January 20, 2007.
  6. ^ Joanne Liou (August 2, 2011). "The Orange Leader will cut print edition to three days". Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Dirks, Van Essen & Murray (November 5, 2014). "Boone Affiliates Acquire Texas Newspapers". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved February 7, 2015.