The Fayetteville Observer

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Front page of the March 9, 1865 Fayetteville Observer newspaper
The Fayetteville Observer
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)GateHouse Media
PublisherRobert J. Gruber
Headquarters458 Whitfield Street
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28306 USA
Circulation61,875 weekday
65,595 Sunday[1]
OCLC number45115389

The Fayetteville Observer is a daily newspaper published in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It was locally owned by the McMurray family from 1923 to 2016, when it was acquired by GateHouse Media.

The paper is the oldest continuously published newspaper in North Carolina. It was founded in 1816 as the Carolina Observer, but was destroyed by William T. Sherman's invading army in 1865.[2] It was refounded as The Fayetteville Observer in 1883. Originally an afternoon paper, it began publishing a morning paper, The Fayetteville Times, in 1973. The two papers merged as a single morning paper, The Fayetteville Observer-Times, in 1990. It dropped "Times" from its masthead in 1999.[3]


  1. ^ Retrieved 25 May 2008
  2. ^ Parker, Roy (2006). "Fayetteville Observer". NCpedia. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  3. ^ "About Us". Fayetteville Observer.

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