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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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.
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.
The John Gottschalk Freedom Center can accommodate up to 50 people at a time.
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.
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.
The John Gottschalk Freedom Center on the 14th Street and Capitol Avenue in Downtown Omaha.
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