Athol Daily News

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Athol Daily News
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Newspapers of New England, Inc.
PublisherAaron Julien
EditorAnita Fritz
Headquarters225 Exchange Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 United States

The Athol Daily News is a small, four-day daily (Wednesday through Saturday) newspaper in north central Massachusetts. Based in the town of Athol, the newspaper also covers the rural towns of Erving, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Warwick, and Wendell, Massachusetts.[1]


There have been four owners in the history of the Athol Daily News, the last three representing generations of the same family.

The Athol Daily News was founded in 1934 when Lincoln O'Brien merged two weeklies, the Athol Chronicle and Athol Transcript. O'Brien sold the paper to Edward T. Fairchild in 1940. On January 1, 1982, Richard J. Chase bought the newspaper from Fairchild, his father-in-law. The Boston Globe reported at the time that the Daily News' circulation was 5,500.[2]

Richard J. Chase Jr., Fairchild's grandson, took over Athol Press Inc. September 29, 1989. Circulation of the family-owned newspaper at that time was given as 5,700.[3]

On December 20, 2017, it was publicly announced that Newspapers of New England (NNE) had purchased the paper for an undisclosed amount. [4]


  1. ^ Athol Daily News advertising rate card Archived October 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, accessed December 6, 2006.
  2. ^ "In Brief: Athol Newspaper Sold." The Boston Globe, January 1, 1982.
  3. ^ "New Publisher is Announced at Athol News," Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), September 30, 1989.
  4. ^ "2017 will be remembered as the year the 83-year-old Athol Daily News was sold | Athol Daily News". Retrieved 2017-12-31.

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