Washington Daily News

For the Washington DC tabloid which merged with the Washington Star in the 1970s, see The Washington Daily News.
Washington Daily News
Type daily newspaper
Owner(s) Boone Newspapers
Publisher Ashley Vansant
Founded 1872
Language English
Headquarters Washington, North Carolina
Circulation 8,969
ISSN 1057-7068
Website www.wdnweb.com

The Washington Daily News is a daily newspaper serving Washington, North Carolina. It is the smallest daily newspaper to ever win a Pulitzer Prize gold medal.[1]

The paper won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a series of articles that showed the city's water was contaminated and had been for 8 years.[2] The newspaper was then family-owned.[1] It had a circulation of 8,736 Monday through Saturday and 8,969 on Sunday as of Sept. 30, 2007, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation. The newspaper has been owned and published by the Futrell family since 1949.

On June 16, 2010, the Futrell family announced they were selling a majority stake in the newspaper to Boone Newspapers, Inc. of Birmingham, Alabama.[3]


  1. 1 2 "Washington Daily News online". Archived from the original on December 4, 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  2. "The Pulitzer Prizes for 1990". Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  3. "Futrells selling Washington Daily News". Retrieved 2011-09-02.

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