THE RUTLAND HERALD – SINCE 1794
We are a local 5-days a week newspaper based in Rutland, Vermont owned and operated by Brunswick Publishing, LLC. We deliver print newspapers Tuesday through Saturday in Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windham and Windsor counties in Vermont. The Herald offices are located in Rutland, Vermont, and the paper has been printed in North Haverhill, NH, by Upper Valley Press since 2011, when flooding destroyed the papers' press.
To serve our customers and our community by providing indispensable, timely, accurate and relevant information. To foster debate, critical thinking, a spirit of independence, civic responsibility and a vibrant community. To cultivate a team of exceptional people in a dynamic and rewarding workplace.
To serve our communities as the independent, trusted voice of Vermont.
Rutland Herald History
The Rutland Herald is the oldest continuously published local newspaper in the United States published under the same name in the same city. Its 200-year run of family ownership ended in 2016, when Reade Brower of Maine, and Charles “Chip” Harris of New Hampshire, purchased the papers in September 2016, ending close to 70 years of local ownership by the Mitchell family for the Herald and 52 years of ownership of its sister paper, the Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus. In April of 2018, the Sample News Group, led by George "Scoop" Sample III purchased the Herald and Times Argus.
Fifth-generation Vermonter Bob Mitchell, then the newspaper’s editor, bought the Herald from the Field family with partner Leroy Noble in 1947.
“I knew he [Bill Field] was entrusting the Herald to me because he thought I would manage it as nearly as possible like a public trust,” Mitchell remembered of William Field, himself a second-generation newspaper owner. The newspaper operates under the same philosophy today, in part due to a handshake agreement between Mitchell and the Noble family. When the Nobles decided to sell, they accepted a less lucrative offer from the Mitchells, rather than have the newspaper bought out by a national chain.
The Herald today does well what it has done throughout its life, as spelled out in the very first edition from Dec. 8, 1794: “…The end we mean to have steadily in view is, to make the Herald an Instructive, Entertaining, and Useful Paper, uninfluenced by parties, and as free as possible from any mixture of prejudice.”
The Herald is the only paper in Vermont to be honored with journalism’s highest award, the Pulitzer Prize, for principled editorials by David Moats about the debate over civil unions in 2000. The newspaper has also won dozens of awards for advertising, layout, reporting, public service and general excellence – just in this decade. Several of the Herald’s reporters and editors have gone on to win Pulitzers at other newspapers as well.
After Bob Mitchell’s death in 1993, his son R. John Mitchell became the publisher of the Rutland Herald until 2016.
The Sample group operates the Herald and Times Argus under the umbrella company Brunswick Publishing, LLC.
For general information about the Herald, go to the General Information Page.
Microfilm and Archives
For years the Rutland Herald stored bound volumes of the Rutland Herald newspaper in the basement of the offices at 27 Wales Street. These volumes stretch from about 2009 back into the 1800s. With the move to 77 Grove Street scheduled for Nov. 1, 2017, the basement space will no longer be available, and the Herald worked with the Rutland Historical Society to preserve and store a complete copy of the bound volumes at the Historical Society on Center Street, as well as in space at BROC in downtown Rutland. These bound volumes are available for research by appointment with the Historical society.
For the general public, the Rutland Free Library has microfilm archives stretching back to the origins of the newspaper in 1794. It is available for inspection during the library’s normal working hours.
The Herald also has a complete set of the newspaper on microfilm, which is currently in storage. In the fall of 2018, the paper will launch a digitization project to bring the microfilm online in a searchable, indexed format.
Also, for history buffs, the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project has, with the help of federal grants, been digitizing microfilm from historic Vermont papers including the Rutland Herald. The Herald pages start in 1836 and eventually will go to 1923, as the project scans more pages. You can check for updates on the digitization project at the VDNP blog, vtdnp.wordpress.com/.