The Herald and News is located just north of the California border in sunny Klamath Falls, Oregon. The newspaper was known as the Evening Herald when it began in June 1906 by the Cronemiller family. After several changes of hand and the merger of a few smaller papers, the name was finally changed to the Herald and News in 1942.
In 1960, Klamath Publishing bought the Herald and News. The parent company of Klamath Publishing is Pioneer News Group — a small, family-owned company based in Seattle, Wash. In early 2002, Klamath Publishing acquired the Nickel, a racked regional shopper publication. Klamath Publishing also owns the Lake County Examiner, a weekly newspaper in Lakeview, Ore.
Klamath Falls (population 43,000) is the county seat for Klamath County (population 68,000) and boasts two higher education institutions: Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) and Klamath Community College. OIT is ranked as one of the top polytechnic 4-year universities in the western U.S.
Up until the 1980s, wood products drove the economic engine of Klamath Falls. Today, the market is dominated by agriculture, health care and the presence of the Air National Guard at Kingsley Field, with a primary mission of training F–15 fighter pilots.
The newspaper moved from downtown Klamath Falls to its current location at 2701 Foothills Blvd. in July 2007, after more than two years of design and construction work. The new facility has 40,000 square feet of space. A new DGM 440 16-unit press printed its first edition on Aug. 6, 2007.
The newspaper publishes six-days a week, Tuesday through Sunday. Circulation of more than 12,000 is distributed in a wide geographic area in southern Oregon and northern California. It also has a robust online, Facebook and mobile site.
Klamath Falls City Schools: 2014 Community Partner of the Year, in recognition of the newspapers’ leadership with the Klamath Promise effort to increase high school graduation rates.
2013 Pioneer News Group Recognizing Excellence contest
- 2nd place Feature Writing by Lee Juillerat for his feature on several real life buckaroos as a ranch celebration in Lakeview
- 2nd place: Sports Photography by Steve Silton
- 2nd place: Feature photography by Steve Silton
2013 ONPA Better Newspaper Contest
- 1st place: Best page 1 design
- 2nd place: Best feature story
- 3rd place: Best special section and best web design