The Elkhart Truth is a daily, digital-first news organization based in Elkhart, Indiana, that covers Elkhart County in northern Indiana. The newspaper was founded in 1889.
The Elkhart Truth operates as a multi-faceted media outlet. In 2014, The Elkhart Truth re-launched Truth Radio 1340 under the call letters WTRC-AM, which hosted a news show weekday mornings that included stories reported by the publication.
The Elkhart Truth celebrated the 125th anniversary of its first printing October 15, 2014.
The Elkhart Truth was first printed October 15, 1889. It was founded by Charles G. Conn, who served as Elkhart's mayor, as well as a U.S. congressman. Additionally, Conn was the owner of musical instrument manufacturing empire C.G. Conn Ltd., which is sometimes referred to as Conn Instruments.
In 1915, Conn's business interests were taken over by a group of investors headed by Carl D. Greenleaf. Shortly afterwards, Greenleaf and A.H. Beardsley purchased the newspaper from investors.
John F. Dille Jr., a classmate of one of Greenleaf's sons, took over responsibility for The Elkhart Truth's operations in 1952 and eventually bought out Greenleaf and Beardsley. In addition to being an accomplished newspaperman, John Dille Jr. is also noted in history as one of the men who helped train and worked with the Golden Thirteen – the United States Navy's first African-American officers, who were commissioned during World War II.
The Dille family became the sole owner of The Elkhart Truth. Eventually it became part of the Federated Media family of companies, with John F. Dille III serving as the president of Federated Media. John F. Dille III worked as a copy boy at The Washington Post; as a reporter for Thomson Newspapers, Ltd., in England, Scotland and Wales; as a reporter for The Mishawaka Times; and as a reporter for The Elkhart Truth.
John F. Dille III also worked in broadcast journalism, as Federated Media owns 15 radio stations. He has served as chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau (US), chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Board, president of the Indiana Broadcasters Association, chairman of the Legislative Liaison Committee (LLC) program, director of Michiana Public Telecasting and chairman of the Indiana LLC. In 2000, John F. Dille III became an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University, where he teaches broadcast management.
In 2016, The Elkhart Truth was sold to Paxton Media Group, a media company that owns 32 newspapers in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina, as well as a TV station in Kentucky. David M. Paxton is president and CEO.