The Top 10 Virginia Daily Newspapers by Circulation

Like most eastern U.S. states, Virginia’s history with newspapers goes back literally centuries: its oldest daily newspaper, the News-Gazette (Lexington), a weekly, was founded in 1801.

Updated November 2019

  • 1. Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Also known as the RTD or TD, the Times-Dispatch is Virginia’s newspaper of record. It was founded in 1850 and is owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
  • 2. The Virginian-Pilot
    Published by Tribune Publishing in Norfolk, The Pilot serves the five cities of the South Hampton Roads region (Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Hampton and Norfolk) along with other towns across Virginia.
  • 3. The Free Lance-Star
    Published in Fredericksburg, the Free Lance-Star serves that city along with Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Caroline, Culpeper, Fauquier, Louisa, Orange, Prince William and Westmoreland counties.
  • 4. The Roanoke Times
    Published by Berkshire Hathaway and founded in 1886, the Times also covers the eastern region of New River Valley.
  • 5. The Daily Progress
    Founded in 1892, The Daily Progress is published by Berkshire Hathaway and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018.
  • 6. The News & Advance
    The newspaper of record for Lynchburg is published by Berkshire Hathaway and was founded in 1866 as The News.
  • 7. Daily News-Record
    Published by Ogden Newspapers in Harrisonburg, the Daily News-Record can trace its lineage back to the Rockingham Weekly Register, which was founded in 1822.
  • 8. Daily Press
    The Daily Press was founded in 1896 and is published by Tribune Publishing in the city of Newport News.
  • 9. Bristol Herald Courier
    Another Berkshire Hathaway-owned publication, the Herald Courier was founded in 1865 and is located in Bristol in southwest Virginia.
  • 10. Suffolk News-Herald
    Published by Suffolk Publications and founded in 1873, the News-Herald appears six days a week.

Newspaper circulations and rankings are determined by Fullintel’s media intelligence analysts in combination with data supplied by LexisNexis.

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