The News Reporter was founded in 1890 to serve Columbus County. It is the media of record for Columbus, North Carolina’s third largest county in acreage.

The News Reporter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for its expose’ of Ku Klux Klan activities in Columbus County.

The Thompson and High families have owned the paper since 1938. After Publisher Leslie S. Thompson’s untimely death in 1959, his son-in-law, James C. High, became publisher and retains that post today.

The paper has continued to grow each year and has won numerous national and state press awards. It is annually considered one of the top community papers in North Carolina. It is also one of a few family-owned newspapers left in the United States.

Based in the county seat of Whiteville, The News Reporter is published on Mondays and Thursdays with a circulation of 10,000. The paper has a news staff of six reporters, one photographer and a sports editor. Leslie T. High is the managing editor, Clara Cartette is the news editor, and Dean Lewis is advertising manager.

Two free total market coverage (TMC) products, The Columbus Extra and Columbus County News/Fair Bluff Times, provide saturation of essentially every household in Columbus County.

The News Reporter Publishing Company currently prints seven other community newspapers in the region.