The Sanford Herald is a newspaper published Tuesdays through Sundays in Sanford, North Carolina.

The Sanford Herald has a daily circulation of just over 9,000[3] and is published every day except Mondays, and has published continuously since 1930. The Herald is a member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations and of the North Carolina Press Association. It is published by the Paxton Media Group of Paducah, Kentucky.


Past publishers include W.E. Horner Sr. (Founder and Publisher Emeritus) and William E. Horner Jr. (1991-98). Current publisher is Bill Horner III.

Past Editors

  • Robert W. Mason (1933-34, 1952-57)
  • James R. McIver (1934-1949)
  • Draughn H. Miller (1949-50)
  • Walter H. Paramore (1951)
  • Francis Church (1951-52)
  • Charles McWilliams (1957-58)
  • Charles Presslar (1958-60, 1964-73)
  • Walter Alexander McNeil (1960-64)
  • William C. Hodges (1973-?)
  • Cornelia Olive
  • Jay Thwaite
  • Dan Fields (2004-2007)
  • Billy Liggett (2007-2011)
  • R.V. Hight (2011-2014)
  • Thomas Jensen (2014-2016)
  • Shawn Stinson (2016-present)


In August, 2007, The Herald launched a redesign of its newspaper with the intent on better highlighting local content and adding cosmetic improvements. The redesign included more local coverage in its news section and the addition of a daily features section titled "Carolina." The redesign coincided with the newspaper's switch from using Quark XPress design software to Adobe InDesign.

Pay Wall

On Aug. 24, 2010, The Herald instituted a pay wall on its website.[4] As of that date, no one could read the stories, archives and most of the other content without subscribing. Online-only subscriptions were offered at $2 per day or $16 per month. Customers with home delivery of the print edition had full access to the website for no additional charge.[5]


The Sanford Herald has won the highest honor, General Excellence, for its division for three consecutive years. [6]

In 2012, The Sanford Herald won 17 North Carolina Press Association Awards in Division D [7] including first in

  • Best Video
  • Best Niche Publication
  • Best Color Home Furnishings and Appliances Ad
  • Best Color Apparel, Jewelry and Accessories Ad
  • Best Use of Humor in an Ad

In 2011, The Sanford Herald won 30 North Carolina Press Association Awards in Division D[8] including first in

  • General News Reporting
  • Deadline News Reporting
  • Online Breaking News
  • Education Reporting
  • News Enterprise Reporting
  • Sports Feature Writing
  • General News Photography
  • Sports Photography
  • Multimedia Project
  • Headline Writing
  • General Excellence for Websites
  • Appearance and Design
  • News Section Design
  • Special Section
  • Best Niche Publication
  • General Excellence for Newspapers

In 2010, The Sanford Herald won 25 North Carolina Press Association Awards in Division D[9] including first in

  • General News Reporting
  • Deadline News Reporting
  • Education Reporting
  • News Enterprise Reporting
  • General News Photography
  • Photo Illustration
  • Best Video
  • Criticism
  • Appearance and Design