The weekly Roanoke Rapids Herald was founded in 1914 by editor and publisher J.T. Stainback. From 1929 to 1947, the newspaper was owned and edited by Carroll Wilson. The newspaper was purchased by Milton and James Wick - later Wick Communications - in 1947. In September 1948, the newspaper began publishing as a daily paper in the afternoon and a morning paper on Sunday with the name changing to the Daily and Sunday Herald. The company moved to a new location at 916 Roanoke Avenue in June 1957. The newspaper names were combined as The Daily Herald in 1998. The newspaper moved once again in 2020 to its present location one block away on Roanoke Avenue.
The Daily Herald is a community-focused, multi-media company, serving the Roanoke Valley and Lake Gaston with newspapers, shoppers, magazines and websites. The Daily Herald is published Tuesday through Friday afternoons and Sunday mornings with more than 20,000 readers. RRDailyHerald.com features most of the content from the newspaper online. It averages nearly 100,000 visitors and a quarter of a million page views each month.
Roanoke Valley Shop and Save is a shopper with more than 7,000 copies distributed every Wednesday in Halifax County. Lake the Magazine is a free, high-quality magazine that is a reflection of life on Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake. More than 8,000 copies are distributed monthly at more than 100 locations in North Carolina and Virginia. Roanoke Valley Woman is a free, semi-monthly publication celebrating, motivating and connecting real women of the Roanoke Valley. More than 8,000 copies are distributed throughout the Roanoke Valley.