List of newspapers in VermontThe state of Vermont got its name from two French words, “vert” which means green and “mont” which means mountains. Thousands of acres of mountain terrain are crossed by hiking trails and skiing slopes. It’s because Vermont is known for its natural landscape, which is primarily forested. Part of the New England region is also known for being home to more than 100 19th-century covered wooden bridges, and as a major producer of maple syrup. Since the locals and tourists knew these facts and get updates from the newspapers, here are the Top 10 daily and weekly newspapers in Vermont.
This newspaper claims that 80% of all adults in the Barre/Montpelier area read the Times Argus for local, state government, sports news, and advertising information. The paper was established in 1897 and is a product of a union of the Barre Daily Times and the Montpelier Evening Argus in 1959. The paper’s subscription rates start from $22.92 for 1 month to $137.50 for 6 months.
The Rutland Herald is the second-largest daily newspaper in the state of Vermont (next to The Burlington Free Press). The paper is also the oldest continuously published local newspaper in the United States published under the same name in the same city. It has a daily circulation of about 12,000 and is the sister paper of the Barre Montpelier Times Argus.
In 1902 Frank E. Howe, a Vermont newspaperman, and Republican politician bought two Bennington Vermont weeklies and merged them to form the daily Bennington Banner. The paper was purchased by Lawrence Miller together with his brother, around 1960-1961. Eventually, MediaNews Group purchased the paper.
This alternative weekly newspaper was founded by reporters Pamela Polston and Paula Roulty in 1995. Originally the paper’s title was supposed to be the Vermont Voice, however a dispute over the name caused them to settle on Seven Days instead. In 2015, Polston and Roulty were inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame. Seven Days also bagged a number of awards from the Vermont Press Association from 2015-2017.
The Brattleboro Reformer is the third-largest daily newspaper in the state of Vermont. It publishes six days a week, with its Weekend Reformer having the largest readership. It is also the only newspaper in the United States called “Reformer”. The paper published its first issue in 1876 under the name Windham County Reformer.
August of 1837, Albert G. Chadwick established and began publishing the paper as a weekly publication and it started as a four-page, twenty-four-column paper. It is the oldest paper in the United States. George D. Rand and Charles M. Stone bought the paper in July 1855, eventually Stone became the sole owner, editor and publisher in April 1857. In 1909, Walter J. Bigelow, a former mayor of Burlington, Vermont, bought the St. Johnsbury Caledonian, which he turned into a daily newspaper. In the 20th century, the paper was purchased by a former Hearst reporter from Boston, Herb Smith.
The paper is published weekly on Thursdays and has a circulation estimated to be around 7,400. The Lakes Region Free Press is owned by Manchester Newspapers. This paper is the newspaper of record for the town of New Haven, Castleton, and Pawlet in the state of Vermont.
The paper was founded as the Addison Independent in 1946 by William J. Slator and his wife Celine. In 1955, the name was eventually changed to The Addison County Independent. Slator sold the paper in 1976 to Gordon T. Mills, who was the editor for the Burlington Free Press. Angelo Lynn, the current owner of the paper, purchased it in 1984 and in 1988 changed the publication schedule to twice-weekly. The Addison Country Independent is a member of the New England Newspapers and Press Association. It also won the award in 2016 for general excellence in its class from the association.
The Franklin Journal was founded in St. Albans in 1833 as a newspaper advocating the platform of the Anti-Masonic Party. Joseph Brainerd, the publisher and editor of the paper, sold it to Enoch B. Whiting in 1837 and changed the name to The St. Albans Messenger. Whiting began its publication of the Messenger as a daily newspaper in 1863 and it has continued as daily since then. Since 2002, the Messenger has received over 40 journalism awards in national, regional, and statewide competitions. But the paper announced the paper was reducing its publication from five days per week to two days in January 2021.
In 1864, W.G. Cambridge published the Newport Republican, but in 1865 he sold the paper to D.K Simonds and Royal Cummings where they renamed the paper to the Newport Express. Simonds sold his share in 1866 to D.M Camp, who became the editor. Camp purchased Cummings’ share in 1869 and became the sole owner. The paper retained this name until 1936.