The Herald News was founded in 1892 through the merger of three southern Massachusetts newspapers, the Fall River Daily Herald, the Fall River News and the Fall River Daily Globe. Located on the banks the Quequechan River, the paper has served residents of Somerset, Fall River, Swansea, Westport, Tiverton, and Little Compton for over 120 years. Once owned by prolific game show producer Mark Goodson, The Herald News was purchased by GateHouse Media Inc. in 2006.
The Herald News is the second-largest newspaper serving the southern coast of Massachusetts, and peaked at a circulation of about 45,000 copies per day. Throughout its history, it has not only covered local, national and international news events, but also chronicled the people and places that define the character of Fall River and the surrounding communities. After Mark Goodson owned it in the 1960s, the paper was sold to the Journal Register Company before it was acquired by GateHouse Media.
As of 2015, circulation of The Herald News is closer to 15,000 per day, with daily editions selling for 75 cents and the Sunday edition available for $1.75. Under the stewardship of GateHouse, the paper has evolved to include a robust online presence, including blogs, an RSS feed and a social media presence on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.