Who We Are
Founded in 1885 by Gilbert M. Hitchcock, the Omaha World-Herald provides news, commentary, information and advertising that encourages readers to become involved in the world around them. The World-Herald was family owned until 1963 when Peter Kiewit purchased The World-Herald to ensure the paper would continue to be locally owned. After Kiewit's death in 1979 the Company was employee owned until December of 2011 when Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway purchased the paper to once again insure local ownership.
The award winning World-Herald is a statewide Nebraska newspaper, and delivers to more readers in southwest Iowa than any other Iowa newspaper. The digital version (Omaha.com) receives approximately 18 million page views by over 1.2 million unique visitors each month. Over 80% of adults in our “home market” of Douglas and Sarpy Counties have seen the printed or digital version in a week's time.
The Omaha World-Herald has had only six publishers in its history: Gilbert M. Hitchcock (1885 - 1934); Henry Doorly (1934 - 1955); Walter E. Christenson (1955 - 1966); Harold W. Andersen (1966 - 1989); John Gottschalk (1989 - 2007); Terry Kroeger (2008 - 2018); Todd Sears (2018 - Present).
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Academics and Scholarships
The World-Herald annually presents more than 900 academic awards to the highest performing high school graduates in Nebraska and western Iowa. Each year, the Omaha World-Herald selects the All-Academic Team, the top scholars graduating from Nebraska and western Iowa high schools.
Contact your high school guidance counselor for more information.
Mission and Values
To be the news and information provider of choice for individuals and businesses in the Midlands. For our customers, we will:
- Be a courageous, independent newspaper that educates readers and serves as a center for public policy debate. Truth, accuracy, clarity, fairness and timeliness are our objectives.
- Listen carefully to understand our customers' needs and expectations.
- Take immediate action to remedy our mistakes.
John Gottschalk Freedom Center
The Omaha World-Herald John Gottschalk Freedom Center is a fully integrated, state-of-the-art newspaper production facility located in downtown Omaha. The John Gottschalk Freedom Center features an offset printing system that permits easy color and page expansion and superior quality print.
- There are three presses. Each press stands five stories tall.
- Presses weigh 1,661 U.S. tons.
- Six computer consoles control the presses.
- The presses print two daily newspapers and five weekly newspapers.
- A tunnel under 13th Street connects material handling center to printing facility.
- Automated shuttle system retrieves paper roll and inserts as needed.
- The material handling center can store 3,000 rolls of newsprint.
- If unrolled, a roll of newsprint would extend ten miles in length.
- Railroad cars deliver newsprint inside the material handling center.
- The presses can print up to 75,000 newspapers per hour.