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 (since 2008).


Speakers
The World-Herald Speakers Bureau is a free service offered to non-profit organizations. Our speakers represent all phases of newspaper operation: reporting, editing, advertising, production and graphic arts. To request a speaker, please complete the Speaker Request Form.

Tours
Tours are conducted Monday through Friday, typically at 1 p.m. Please allow one hour for the tour. Dates and times are subject to staff availability.

Participants
Individuals and groups are welcome to tour the John Gottschalk Freedom Center. We require that all participants be at least 8 years old or in the third grade. One parent/teacher/guardian or group leader must be present for every 10 children.

Tour Size
The John Gottschalk Freedom Center can accommodate up to 50 people at a time.

Cost
Touring the John Gottschalk Freedom Center is free-of-charge.

Scheduling a tour
Tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance by calling 402-444-1011. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate unscheduled, drop in requests for tours.

Special Needs
If your group has special needs or interests, please make them known at the time you schedule your tour.

What you will see
Guided tours will see models of the old press, new press and other artifacts in the lobby museum. Participants will walk across a mezzanine on the third floor of the facility inside the press hallway, and also will tour the third floor mailroom, where advertising pre-prints are packaged.

Location
The John Gottschalk Freedom Center on the 14th Street and Capitol Avenue in Downtown Omaha.
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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.