Elon University is joined by three media partners in presenting the 2019-20 Speaker Series. The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer and The Herald Sun (The McClatchy Co., Carolinas) are partnering with Elon in promoting thoughtful discussion centered around this year’s theme, the Quest for Truth.
About the News & Observer
A company with deep roots in the North Carolina Triangle, The News & Observer Publishing Co. publishes The News & Observer, one of the nation’s best regional newspapers. The company launched nando.net, one of the nation’s first internet service providers, in 1994 and today is home to newsobserver.com.
The paper won journalism’s highest honor, the Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service, for its 1995 reports on the effect of large-scale commercial hog farming on the region’s economy and environment.
The News & Observer’s award-winning Newspapers in Education program provides classroom papers and educational resources to students and teachers across the region.
About The Charlotte Observer
The Charlotte Observer has a mission of reporting clearly, truthfully and completely. The Observer has shared one Pulitzer Prize and won three others outright, including two for public service, the pinnacle of American journalism. The first Charlotte Daily Chronicle, predecessor of today’s Charlotte Observer, rolled out on March 22, 1886, as a challenge from one faction of the Democratic Party to a block led in large part by the publisher of the Charlotte Daily Observer, founded in 1869. In August 1887, the overwhelmed Observer folded; in 1892, the Chronicle took its name.
Trumpeting the “New South” and the Charlotte region’s industrialization, the Observer thrived in the early 20th century. The Observer was privately owned until the Knights bought it in 1954. Three years later, the Knights also acquired the afternoon Charlotte News. A new building opened in 1971 and helped spur a wave of uptown development that continues. In 1974, the Knight and Ridder newspaper corporations merged. The Charlotte Observer joined McClatchy in 2006.
About The Herald-Sun
The Herald-Sun and its predecessor papers have been serving Durham and the surrounding area for more than 125 years, with the first issue of The Durham Sun appearing in February 1889. Published as The Herald-Sun since 1991, the paper was purchased by The McClatchy Co., in 2016.