About Us

The News & Reporter, Chester County's hometown newspaper since 1869, is located at 104 York St. in historic downtown Chester, S.C. The News & Reporter, with a circulation of 8,000, publishes on Wednesdays and Fridays and includes a weekly Great Falls edition on Wednesdays, known as the Great Falls Reporter. The award-winning News & Reporter can trace its roots to the early 1800s, with the formation of The Chester Observer. In 1869, The Chester Reporter was established by John A. Bradley Jr. A short time later, in 1879, The Reporter got some competition from The Chester Bulletin. The Bulletin, however, lasted only a few years.

The Reporter was hand-set when it started out, requiring several compositors. However, in 1910, J.T. Perkins and W.J. Irwin became the owners and purchased the first typesetting machine (linotype) which reduced the number of workers.

Irwin and Perkins owned the business for more than 35 years before they sold out to William Thomas Hedgpath Sr. and James F. Tindall on Jan. 7, 1946. The Reporter was among the first members of the S.C. Press Association.

In 1947, the ownership of the paper changed with the formation of Tri-County Publishing. Tri-County Publishing included The Chester Reporter, The Lancaster News in Lancaster County and the Fort Mill Times in York County.

In the early 1970s, another change came to the paper. The Reporter and The Chester News merged in 1971 to form the News & Reporter. Paul League was publisher of both The News & Reporter and The Lancaster News until he retired in 1977.

In February 1989, the paper changed hands once again. Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., based in Kentucky, purchased both The News & Reporter and The Lancaster News. Landmark is the current owner of The News & Reporter.

Over the years, The News & Reporter has won numerous awards from both LCNI and the SCPA for its news coverage, including the prestigious Montgomery Freedom of Information Award in 1996 and 2001.

The News & Reporter launched its Web site in 2000. At the end of 2000, Editor L. Don McKeown retired after more than 30 years at the helm. The start of 2001 brought more changes to The News & Reporter. A new editor redesigned the paper and converted it to a smaller print size to keep up with the changing times.

Special Publications The News & Reporter, in addition to its regular paper, prints a number of special sections throughout the year. The most well-known of these is Discover: A Guide to Chester County.

Printed on high-quality paper in a magazine format with a slick, glossy cover, Discover is a guide for residents new and old. It includes information on everything ranging from recreation to government to demographics and the history of the county. Discover publishes in February each year, with several thousand extra copies printed for use by community organizations. Call (803) 385-3177 to receive extra copies of Discover.

Other publications planned for the following year include a special Homes section, a graduation section, a section dedicated to health care, spring and summer sales events, gift guides and a local football guide as well as special sections devoted to two popular county festivals - HILLarity and the Flopeye Fish Festival. The News & Reporter also produces a publication devoted to letters to Santa from young readers.

For information on advertising in these sections, call (803) 385-3177.