Bristol Herald Courier

The Bristol Herald Courier is a 39,000 circulation daily newspaper owned by Berkshire Hathaway. The newspaper is located in Bristol, Virginia, a small city located in Southwest Virginia on the Tennessee border.

The Herald Courier is in what the media industry calls a converged newsroom, meaning its online ( print (Herald Courier) and broadcast (WJHL-Johnson City) operations work together closely. Herald Courier reporters are trained to occasionally deliver webcasts of Bristol news, conduct TV "talk-backs" with WJHL and gather audio for daily stories. News Channel 11 reporters often have bylined stories that appear in the Herald Courier news pages. Under Media General, both operations provided content for, a subsidiary of Media General's Digital Media Department. The future of the website is said to be up in the air.[1]

In 2010, the Herald Courier won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the highest honor in American journalism, for "illuminating the murky mismanagement of natural-gas royalties owed to thousands of land owners in southwest Virginia, spurring remedial action by state lawmakers."[2]

Office of the Bristol Herald Courier in Bristol, Va. Daily newspaper
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Berkshire Hathaway
Political alignmentIndependent
Headquarters320 Morrison Blvd
Bristol, VA 24201
United States


The beginning of the present Bristol Herald Courier came in 1865. That was the year John Slack founded the Bristol News, a publication which continued until after the turn of the century. In 1870, Slack launched the Bristol Courier, a weekly which became Bristol's first daily paper in 1888. George L. Carter, founder of the Clinchfield Railroad, moved to Bristol in 1903 and founded the Bristol Herald. When Carter left Bristol in 1907 the Herald was combined with the Courier and became the Bristol Herald Courier.

The 1934 Carter Family song "It'll Aggravate Your Soul" mentions the newspaper.

On October 16, 1949, T. Eugene Worrell and a number of the city's leading businessmen launched the Bristol Virginia-Tennessean, first published in direct competition with the Herald Courier and the evening News Bulletin. After many months of intense rivalry, the Herald Courier and Virginia-Tennessean joined in a printing agreement allowing both to carry on competitively in news and editorial fields while enjoying economies afforded by joint operations.

In 1986, after 36 years of home deliveries, the Bristol Virginia-Tennessean succumbed to the trend of dying afternoon newspapers and was combined with the morning editions of the Bristol Herald Courier. The combined morning publication with three editions covered and circulated in nine Southwest Virginia counties, Upper East Tennessee and the City of Bristol.

January 1, 1998 marked the sale of the Bristol Herald Courier to Media General. It was sold to Berkshire Hathaway in 2012.

Under the new ownership of Berkshire Hathaway, Bristol Herald Courier has rebranded its online presence moving from "" to "". The newspaper now operates only in print and online, and is no longer affiliated with the TV station WJHL.

Newsroom staff

The Bristol Herald Courier is located at 320 Bob Morrison Blvd in Bristol, Va. The BHC is the dominant news source for the Bristol and Southwest Virginia region and in 2008 and 2009 won five national journalism awards, including four from the Associated Press Sports Editors and one from the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. The paper was a 2007 national finalist for online convergence by the Associated Press Managing Editors.[3] In 2018, it was chosen as one of three finalists for the 2017 annual award in the Scripps Howard Foundation's Community Journalism category, for its feature, “Addicted at Birth.”[4] It won the Scripps Howard Community Journalism award. The judges' comments included: "The newspaper, with a circulation of 16,500, investigated the problem from all angles, outlined solutions and educated the community. The impact is wide-ranging for taxpayers, hospitals, families and schools." "It not only reported what's happening but foreshadowed what the community could face in the future."[5]


  1. ^ "UPDATED: Newspaper readers should experience no changes". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ "2010 Pulitzer Prizes". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Washington Post, Birmingham News among newspaper award winners". Associated Press Media Editors. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  4. ^ Scripps Howard Awards honor the best in journalism with finalists in 15 categories, Scripps Howard Foundation, Kari Wethington, February 27, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Scripps Howard Awards announce winners of top prizes, $170,000 in prize money, PR Newswire, March 6, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.

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Bristol, Virginia

Bristol is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,835. It is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Bristol, Virginia, with neighboring Washington County, Virginia, for statistical purposes. Bristol is a principal city of the Kingsport–Bristol–Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.

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Bristol Mall was the only regional shopping mall serving Bristol, Virginia. It opened in 1976. Former anchors included Sears, Belk, JCPenney, and a movie theater. With Bristol being the home of country music, long before Knoxville or Nashville, for many years there had been a museum at the mall, showcasing the legacy this left to the area.In April 1999, Bristol Mall was sold to Aronov Realty Management of Montgomery, Ala., from an affiliate of Urban Retail Properties, Chicago, for $25 million. The mall was sold to Bristol Mall Acquisitions LLC in 2006 for $18.3 million.On August 3, 2015, local news station WCYB reported that Bristol Mall had gone into foreclosure and would be put up for auction. After an unsuccessful first auction, the mall was ultimately purchased by a family-owned real estate investment group, Sunstar Keshav LLC at a second online auction. Representatives from the company state that they are committed to revitalizing Bristol Mall and again making it a viable retail complex.

The mall closed on August 31, 2017, after the last remaining store closed. The mall's website was taken offline after the mall's closure.

In April 2018, the Bristol Mall was listed back on the market for $2.9 million.On May 28, 2018, a pharmaceutical company revealed its plan to buy the vacant property and convert it into a cannabidiol production plant. The company, Par Ventures, said it would create around 500 jobs.

On June 6, 2018, Par Ventures finalized the purchase of the property. The property now goes by the name of "Bristol Industrial Mall."

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Moonlite Theatre

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As of March, 2017, the agreement that led to the renovations has come under dispute and a lawsuit has been filed. (Dark Side of the Moonlite: Lawsuit filed against owner of Moonlite Drive-in, BRISTOL HERALD COURIER Mar 24, 2017) The future of the theater is in unclear and the owner has it listed for sale with an asking price of $1.25 million.

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At the end of the race, Venable waited two weeks on official election results to concede his loss. Unofficial results were inconsistent, varying from a margin of 512 votes to 576 votes, but the Davis win was confirmed by election officials.

Turnout was lower than expected in Venable's home county of Sullivan. In addition, voters faced wait times in excess of two hours in 90- degree weather. Some left before casting votes, citing physical disabilities or responsibilities to family or employer. A long ballot, including judgeship retention questions, and new voting machines, mandated to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements by the federal government in time for this election, may have caused voters to take more time at the voting booth. Among Venable supporters and campaigners, questions were repeatedly raised as to why more machines were not provided when, as the story goes, 80 remained unpacked, and why paper ballots were not issued in lieu of distributing unused machines. However, election officials said nowhere near 80 machines were unused. And media accounts in the Bristol Herald Courier and Kingsport Times-News, among others, indicated the long lines and snafus were statewide, although they were especially troublesome in Sullivan County and the 1st Congressional District because of the race for Congress. He also has A granddaughter named Sidney and a Grandson named Jackson.

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