The Morning Herald was the first daily newspaper in Hagerstown, beginning publication in 1873. The Mail began in 1828 but was not a daily paper, The Daily Mail, until 1890. In 1920, the two papers merged. In 1960, they were purchased by Schurz Communications of South Bend, Indiana. The Herald-Mail offered them as two weekday newspapers: in the morning, The Morning Herald and in the afternoon, The Daily Mail. On October 1, 2007, the newspaper company combined the two weekday papers into one morning paper, The Herald-Mail. This move followed a national trend of print paper consolidation to better compete with the growing popularity of news resources of the World Wide Web. The Weekend Edition has been and continues to be offered on Saturday and Sunday as a single morning edition also called The Herald-Mail.
The newspaper has a paid circulation of 27,000 Monday through Saturday and 32,000 on Sunday. The Herald-Mail has 60,000 average daily readers, 20% of the readership is from readers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The registers 3 million page-views monthly, with an average of 330,000 unique visitors per month.
The Herald-Mail has been owned by Schurz Communications since 1960 and functions as the second largest newspaper by circulation in the company. Schurz Communications also owns the area's cable company, Antietam Cable. The headquarters for the newspaper is on 100 Summit Avenue in downtown Hagerstown. Since 2011 It has been printed by The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD.