The Grand Forks Herald is a daily broadsheet newspaper, established in 1879, published in Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States. It is the primary daily paper for northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Its average daily circulation is 34,763 on Sundays and 31,524 on weekdays. It has the second largest circulation in the state of North Dakota.

Grand Forks Herald Building

The Grand Forks Herald won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage of the 1997 flood but the prize was bittersweet, as the Herald building hadn't only been inundated but, ironically, burned to the ground in the midst of the floodwaters. Despite losing its offices throughout the flood, the Herald never missed a day of publication. Temporary offices were set up at the University of North Dakota and at a nearby elementary school. Papers were distributed free of charge to flood "refugees" in neighbouring towns.

Following the flood, the newspaper rebuilt its office building in downtown Grand Forks. Its distinctive features are a tall clock tower and the symbolism built into the structure, as well as parts of the old building that survived the fire. A new printing facility was additionally built in an industrial park in the western part of Grand Forks.

Corporate ownership

Knight Ridder sold the Herald to The McClatchy Company on June 27, 2006. McClatchy had already arranged the sale of the Herald to Forum Communications, owner of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks. Today, the Herald is one of a large number of regional newspapers published by Forum Communications.



  • Korrie Wenzel (Publisher)
  • Steve Wagner (Editor)
  • Christopher Bjorke (Content editor)
  • Janelle Vonasek (Design editor)
  • April Baumgarten (News editor)
  • Lori Weber Menke (Multimedia manager)
  • Catherine Krummey (Features editor)
  • Wayne Nelson (Sports editor)
  • Tom Dennis (Opinion page editor)


  • Marilyn Hagerty (columnist)
  • Brad Elliott Schlossman (college hockey reporter)
  • Tom Miller (sports reporter)
  • Greg Devilllers (Rrporter)
  • Anna Burleson (reporter)
  • Brad Dokken (outdoors reporter)
  • John Hageman (reporter)
  • Charly Haley (reporter)
  • Brandi Jewett (reporter)
  • Jennifer Johnson (reporter)
  • Wade Rupard (reporter)
  • Sarah Volpenhein (reporter)
  • Pamela Knudson (reporter)
  • Kevin Bonham (reporter)

Former personnel

  • Mike Jacobs (Editor and Publisher)
  • Stuart McDonald (Editorial cartoonist, 1961-1967)
  • Chuck Haga (Reporter)
  • Jaime DeLage (City editor)
  • Virg Foss (Sports reporter)
  • John Stennes (Photo chief)
  • Ryan Bakken (Columnist)
  • Bill Holden (Night editor)
  • Kris Jensen (Features editor)
  • Elisa L. Rineheart (Military Affairs Reporter)
  • Kevin Fee (Sports editor)
  • Jason King (IS)
  • Tyler Shoberg (Sports Copy Editor)