For other newspapers with similar names, see Star News.
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) New Media Investment Group
Founder(s) William H. Bernard
Publisher Bob Gruber
Editor Pam Sander
Founded September 23, 1867 (1867-09-23)
Headquarters 1003 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Circulation 41,300 Daily
47,400 Sunday[1]

Star-News is the daily newspaper for Wilmington, North Carolina, and its surrounding area (known as the Lower Cape Fear). It is North Carolina's oldest newspaper in continuous publication.[2] It was owned by Halifax Media Group until 2015, when Halifax was acquired by New Media Investment Group.[3]

The Star-News has a circulation of 41,300 daily (47,400 Sunday)[1] and covers a three-county region in Southeastern North Carolina: New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender.


Historic sign marker for the Wilmington Morning Star
The headquarters for StarNews in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina

The paper was originally published in September 23, 1867, as the Wilmington Evening Star by former Confederate Major William H. Bernard. Shortly after first publishing the paper, Bernard changed the paper to come out in the morning and changed the paper name to the Wilmington Morning Star.[2]

The newspaper was named the Morning Star until the April 24, 2003, edition when it became the Star-News.[4][5]


  1. 1 2 FAS-FAX Report - 9/30/2009 Audit Bureau of Circulations
  2. 1 2 "Marker: D-75". North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program. North Carolina Office of Archives & History. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  3. New Media Announces Agreement to Acquire Halifax Media Group for $280.0 Million
  4. Svanum, Ken (April 24, 2003). "New look to page; heritage remains". Star-News. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  5. Svanum, Ken (April 24, 2003). "New look to page; heritage remains (text-only version)". Retrieved January 9, 2015.

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