Winston-Salem Journal

The Winston-Salem Journal is an American daily newspaper primarily serving the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and its county, Forsyth County, North Carolina. It also features coverage of Northwestern North Carolina and circulates as far west as Tennessee and north to Virginia.

The paper is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. The Journal was founded in 1897.

Winston-Salem Journal
Front page on August 28, 2011
Owner(s)Berkshire Hathaway
PublisherAlton Brown
EditorAndrew Morrissey
LanguageAmerican English
Headquarters418 N. Marshall Street
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101
United States
Circulation67,625 (weekday)
80,892 (Sunday)


The Journal is primarily distributed through Forsyth County and the county seat of Winston-Salem. However, the paper also is distributed in Alleghany County, Ashe County, Davidson County, Davie County, Stokes County, Surry County, Wilkes County, Watauga County, and Yadkin County.

The newspaper has an online presence called JournalNow.[1] The Journal's television partner is WGHP of High Point, North Carolina

The newspaper also produces a weekly entertainment and social tabloid called Relish. The Journal also publishes a monthly city magazine called Winston-Salem Monthly, which started in 2006. The publication also produces a semi-annual weddings publication named Carolina Weddings Magazine.


The Winston-Salem Journal, started by Charles Landon Knight, began publishing in the afternoons on April 3, 1897. The area's other newspaper, the Twin City Sentinel, also was an afternoon paper. Knight moved out of the area and the Journal had several owners before publisher D.A. Fawcett made it a morning paper starting January 2, 1902.

Later that summer, the Journal began publishing on Sundays, after which Fawcett's church removed him from its membership. In 1903, A.F.W. Leslie and his son, A.V. Leslie, bought the paper. The elder Leslie, an artist and the son of an engraver, made the Journal the state's first newspaper to have photographs.

Owen Moon bought the Journal in 1925, and the Sentinel, owned by Frank A. Gannett of the New York newspaper chain, in 1927.

The Sentinel began as the Twin City Daily on May 4, 1885, serving both Winston and Salem. The Weekly Gleaner, founded by John Christian Blum on January 6, 1829, served the small community of Salem and was later taken over by the weekly Western Sentinel, the first newspaper in Winston on May 16, 1856. The Twin City Daily, in turn, took over the Sentinel.

The Journal And Sentinel moved into a new building on North Marshall Street in 1927, and the Sunday edition was called The Journal and Sentinel. Editor Santford Martin advocated improvements in the roads, especially in "the forgotten provinces" of Northwest North Carolina. WSJS, an AM radio station, and later WSJS-FM and WSJS-TV, took their call letters from "Winston-Salem Journal Sentinel" because the newspapers once owned all three stations.

Attorney Gordon Gray bought the newspapers on April 30, 1937. His commitment to serving communities throughout the newspapers' coverage area continued even after Media General Inc. purchased the newspapers in 1969.

The "Call SAM (Sentinel Answer Man)" column appeared in the Sentinel starting October 10, 1966. Bill Williams wrote the column, assisted by Christine Friedenberg, who took over in 1984. David Watson answered questions as the "Straight Answer Man" in the Journal from 1985 until his death in 2000. Ronda Bumgardner was the "Straight Answer Ma'am" from 2000 to 2009, and Tim Clodfelter became SAM in 2010.[2]

In March 1985, at a time when many afternoon newspapers could not compete, The Sentinel closed. This meant a stronger morning newspaper, and an increase in circulation from 73,000 to over 94,000, with Sunday circulation of 106,000.

In September 1994, the Journal moved some of its operations into a new 140,000 square feet (13,000 m2) building on East 5th Street, with a Mitsubishi press that allowed improvements in color printing.

Other publications from the Journal serve older adults, people with pets, families with children in Forsyth County schools, prospective brides and young parents.

In 2004, the paper refused to endorse a presidential candidate.[3] The paper endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama for 2012 presidential election even though it endorsed Obama's opponent Republican Senator John McCain in 2008. Its editorial-page had not endorsed a Democratic Party presidential candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. [4] The paper endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson for the 2016 presidential election and is the second newspaper to endorse the Libertarian candidate in this election cycle instead ether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the paper cited their distrust of both major candidates and of status quo politics in the American political system.[5]

Cutbacks and sale

In August 2007, the Journal reported it was changing its daily business section and cutting five positions. Two of the positions eliminated were in the newsroom.[6]

In April 2010, the Journal's parent company, Media General, announced that it was dropping all Winston-Salem-based copy editor and design positions, shifting production to consolidated editing centers in Richmond, Va., and Tampa, Fla. Media General also announced that they are going to use a portion of their $1 million of cost savings to "focus on intensified local news coverage."[7]

In October 2010, the paper's executive editor was let go as a cost-cutting measure.[8]

On December 15, 2010, the Winston-Salem Journal fired another 18 employees, in the closing of its copy desk.[9]

On April 9, 2012, roughly two years after the cutbacks, the Winston-Salem Journal's parent company, Media General, listed revenue that included revenue projections "if newspaper division is sold".[10]

On May 17, 2012, the sale of most of Media General's newspapers to BH Media, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway was announced.[11]

Pulitzer Prizes

  • 1971—Meritorious public service, staff; "for coverage of environmental problems, as exemplified by a successful campaign to block strip mining operation that would have caused irreparable damage to the hill country of northwest North Carolina."


  1. ^ "Winston-Salem Journal".
  2. ^ Clodfelter, Tim (October 8, 2016). "Ask SAM: SAM celebrates 50th anniversary". Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "JR Grass Roots". JR Grass Roots. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
  4. ^ "Obama is best choice for president". Archived from the original on October 16, 2012.
  5. ^ board, Journal editorial. "Decision 2016: Gary Johnson for president".
  6. ^ "Article 404 - Daily Comet - Thibodaux, LA". Daily Comet. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
  7. ^ "W-S Journal moving functions to Fla., Va. - Greensboro - Triad Business Journal". Archived from the original on April 11, 2010.
  8. ^ "W-S Journal executive editor to leave - Greensboro - Triad Business Journal". Archived from the original on October 26, 2012.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 30, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  11. ^ Lieberman, David (May 17, 2012). "Media General Shares Soar After Warren Buffett Agrees To Buy Its Newspapers". Archived from the original on November 11, 2013.

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A.T. Williams Oil Co.

A.T. Williams Oil Co. was a gas station chain based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was started by Arthur Tab Williams Jr. in 1963. In the 21st century it operated in a joint venture as WilcoHess.

BNC Bank

Bank of North Carolina was a bank based in High Point, North Carolina, United States. In 2014 its parent company had $4.05 billion in assets, 38 branches in North Carolina and 13 in South Carolina. Its latest acquisition gave the bank $6.8 billion in assets and 86 branches, 48 in North Carolina, 29 in South Carolina and nine in Virginia.Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee took over the bank as of June 16, 2017 with all branches changing to Pinnacle on September 25, 2017.

Darryl Hunt

Darryl Hunt (February 24, 1965 – March 13, 2016) was an African-American man from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who, in 1984, was wrongfully convicted for the rape and the murder of Deborah Sykes, a young white newspaper copy editor, and sentenced to life in prison. After being convicted in that case, Hunt was tried in 1987 for the 1983 murder of Arthur Wilson, a 57-year-old black man of Winston-Salem. Both convictions overturned on appeal in 1989. Hunt was tried again in the Wilson case in 1990; he was acquitted by an all-white jury. He was tried again on the Sykes charges in 1991; he was convicted.

In 1994, the defense gained DNA testing of physical evidence in the Sykes case; this test was not available at the time of Hunt's trial in 1984. It showed that he could not have committed the rape. But a Forsyth County judge ruled that the DNA would not have been sufficient evidence to gain an acquittal, as he could still have been involved in the murder. Hunt was held in prison until 2004, when he was fully exonerated of the murder and released after serving 19 1/2 years. His exoneration followed the confession by Willard E. Brown to the crimes. In 2003 a review of the state database found that Brown's DNA matched that in the Sykes case, and in 2004 Hunt was formally exonerated.Becoming a modern cause célèbre, Hunt's case was said to have "helped define race relations in Winston-Salem for 20 years." It resulted in an internal review and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation making its own inquiry in 1986. Incumbent District Attorney Tisdale lost his bid for re-election in the Democratic primary that same year. The Winston-Salem Journal published articles on the case in a 2003 series as a result of its six-month investigation into how the police and prosecution had investigated and shaped the discussion of the murder; they tried to reconcile the new DNA evidence with other facts to keep Hunt in jail. The newspaper published an "Epilogue" with the series in 2007 after Hunt was exonerated and freed in 2004.

"In 2006 the chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court appointed a group of prosecutors, police, defense attorneys and crime victims to the N.C. Actual Innocence Commission to look at what leads to wrongful convictions and to propose reforms." In particular, the commission recommended changes to the procedure of gaining eyewitness testimony, resulting in changes to state law. That year the state also established the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, to review cases post-conviction in which defendants and their attorneys believe they were wrongfully convicted.

While in prison, Darryl Hunt became a Muslim and worked as a volunteer with the national Innocence Project. After being released, he was given settlements by the city and state. He founded The Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, devoted to "educating the public about flaws in the criminal justice system, advocating for those wrongfully incarcerated as a result of those flaws, and providing resources and support for those trying to rebuild their lives." He spoke widely on wrongful convictions and worked for reforms to criminal laws of North Carolina.

Darryl Hunt died in 2016 in Winston-Salem from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was terminally ill and friends had been worried about his depression.

Heritage Home Group

Heritage Home Group LLC, formed to purchase most assets of the defunct Furniture Brands International, is a High Point, North Carolina-based home furnishings company. It owns the brands Broyhill, Lane, Thomasville, and Drexel Heritage.

Ian Nelson (actor, born 1995)

Ian Michael Nelson is an American actor. He is known for his roles as young Derek Hale in the television series Teen Wolf, Eric Palmer in the drama film The Judge, and Andy in Hulu series There's...Johnny!.

Mel Greenberg

Mel Greenberg (born April 16, 1947) is an American sports journalist focusing on women's basketball.

Since 1970, Greenberg has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he predominantly covers college and professional women's basketball. He has helped pioneer national coverage of the sport, most notably as a leader in organizing the first Top 25 women's college basketball poll. For this and other accomplishments, he has been called "The Guru" of women's basketball.

In 1991, Greenberg received the first media award from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, an award that has since been named after him. The annual Mel Greenberg Media Award is given to "a member of the media who has best displayed a commitment to women's basketball and to advancing the role of the media in promoting the women's game". Subsequent winners include Debbie Becker of USA Today in 1992, Mary Garber of the Winston-Salem Journal in 1998, and Bill Jauss of the Chicago Tribune in 2006.

In 2007 Greenberg was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Old Salisbury Road shooting

The Old Salisbury Road shooting was a mass shooting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, committed by Michael Charles Hayes (born January 13, 1964) on July 17, 1988. Hayes shot nine people, killing four of them; his subsequent successful use of the insanity defense in courts created a statewide controversy in the early 1990s.

Pit Bull (TV series)

Pit Bull was a debate show that aired live every Saturday on Speed during the 2004 NASCAR season. The show took place outside of every venue of the NASCAR Cup Series. Host Steve Byrnes moderated debates involving a four-person panel of sportswriters whose columns are mostly about racing. The three primary panelists were Mike Mulhern of the Winston-Salem Journal, David Poole of The Charlotte Observer, and Marty Smith of The fourth panelist usually rotated between writers like Ben Blake, Lee Spencer of The Sporting News, and Speed Channel website writer Robin Miller. The panelists eventually became known as the "Pit Hogs."

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

The R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJR), based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and founded by R. J. Reynolds in 1875, is the second-largest tobacco company in the U.S. (behind Altria). RJR is a wholly owned subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., which, in turn, is owned by British American Tobacco of the United Kingdom.

Reynolds Building

The Reynolds Building is a 314-foot (96 m) Art Deco skyscraper at 51 E. 4th Street in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina with 313,996 square feet (29,171.2 m2) of space. It was completed in 1929 and has 21 floors. In April 2016, its first six floors opened as the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, with apartments located on the 11 floors above.

Tim Anderson (baseball)

Timothy Devon Anderson Jr. (born June 23, 1993) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Anderson played college baseball at East Central Community College, and was selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft by the White Sox. He made his MLB debut in 2016.


WBFJ (1550 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian Talk and Teaching format. Licensed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, it serves the Piedmont Triad area and is currently owned by Triad Family Network, Inc.


WFDD (88.5 MHz) is an FM public radio station licensed to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is the National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate for the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point media market, also called the Piedmont Triad. Owned by Wake Forest University, WFDD serves 32 counties in Central North Carolina and South-Central Virginia. It also operates a translator, W261CK on 100.1 FM in Boone.

The station airs news and talk shows from NPR during the day, with local news updates. From 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., the station turns to classical music programming. It produced the syndicated show Across the Blue Ridge.


WPAQ is an Americana, and Bluegrass-formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Mount Airy, North Carolina, serving the Piedmont of North Carolina and the Southside and Southwestern sections of Virginia. WPAQ is owned and operated by WPAQ Radio, Inc.


WSJS (600 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and broadcasting to the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point media market. It airs a sports radio format and is an affiliate of Fox Sports Radio. WSJS is owned by the Curtis Media Group, which simulcasts the same sports programming on three of its other AM stations and six FM translators in North Carolina, as part of the "WSJS Sports Hub - The Triad's Home for Sports."

WSJS has studios and offices in The Factory Building on North Main Street in Kernersville. Its transmitter is near Robinhood Road in Winston-Salem. The station operates with 5,000 watts, using a directional antenna, day and night. WSJS is also heard on two FM translators, 101.5 W268CG in Winston-Salem, and 104.9 W285EU in Jamestown.


WSMX is a broadcast radio station licensed to and serving Winston-Salem, North Carolina. WSMX is owned by Truth Broadcasting.


WTOB (980 AM, "Classic Hits WTOB") is a radio station licensed to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, which serves the Piedmont Triad area. The station is currently owned by Richard Miller and Robert Scarborough, through licensee Southern Broadcast Media LLC. and airs a classic hits format.


WTQR (Q104-1 FM) is a country music station licensed to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and serves the Piedmont Triad region, including Greensboro and High Point. Owned and operated by iHeartMedia, the station broadcasts at 104.1 MHz with an ERP of 100 kW. It has studio facilities and offices located on Pai Park in Greensboro, and a transmitter site is located atop Sauratown Mountains near Pinnacle, North Carolina. They are one of three Country music outlets in the market; WPAW and WBRF are the others.


WWNT is a Spanish language formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, serving Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, North Carolina. WWNT is owned by Mahan Janbakhsh's TBLC Holdings, LLC, through licensee TBLC Greensboro Stations, LLC. As of August 1, 2018, WWNT is silent.

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