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|Owner(s)||The McClatchy Company|
1155 N. State St.|
Bellingham, Washington 98225
The Bellingham Herald began publication on March 10, 1890, as the tri-weekly Fairhaven Herald. The newspaper went through several changes in its early years, including temporary suspension and a merger with a competing weekly. In 1900 the newspaper purchased the first linotype on the West Coast. When neighboring communities of Sehome, Whatcom and Fairhaven consolidated into the city of Bellingham in 1903, the paper was first printed as The Bellingham Herald.
There were many who filled the roles of publisher and editor over the years but perhaps the most notable was the Sefrit-Carver team under the ownership of Sidney Albert "Sam" Perkins, which began in 1911 and lasted into the 1950s. Federated Publications bought The Herald in 1967. In 1971 Federated Publications merged with Gannett Corporation. The Herald switched to morning delivery in May 1997. Knight Ridder acquired The Bellingham Herald in 2005. Knight Ridder was purchased by McClatchy in 2006. Rusty Dodge is the General Manager & VP of Advertising. Julie Shirley is the Executive Editor.
BellinghamHerald.com went live in 2000. In 2017, the Herald's website averaged 620,000 monthly unique visitors.
The Herald Building in downtown Bellingham is on the corner of State and Chestnut Streets. The building, built in 1926 as an eight-story office building, houses The Bellingham Herald's main offices on the second floors; tenant businesses occupy the other floors. It is currently owned by Daylight Properties and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lighted "HERALD" sign atop the building served sailors as a navigation aid for many years. Morse Hardware had a similar sign saying "MORSE" on top of it for decades - and boaters would use the two signs at night for navigation.
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