The Hermiston Herald was founded in 1906 by Horace Greeley Newport and William Skinner.
Jerry Reed, whose history with the newspaper dates back to 1969, assumed full ownership of the Herald in 1974. In 1992, Western Communications, Inc. of Bend purchased the paper from Reed. Effective April 30, 2008, Western Communications Inc. sold the newspaper to EO Media Group.
EO Media Group owns 10 other newspapers in the Pacific Northwest, including the East Oregonian, Daily Astorian, Capital Press, Blue Mountain Eagle, Wallowa County Chieftain, Coast River Business Journal, Chinook Observer, Seaside Signal, Cannon Beach Gazette and Oregon Coast Today.
The Hermiston Herald provides Hermiston with distinctively local news, information and advertising online every day and in print every Wednesday. The newspaper is printed on the East Oregonian press and distributed by carriers and mail.
When the Herald was celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2006, Reed commented “you’ll never find a good newspaper in a bad town or a bad newspaper in a good town and Hermiston is a great town.”
Gary West was named editor of the Herald in July 2015.
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