The first edition of the Bangor Daily News, published on June 18, 1889
The first edition of the Bangor Daily News, published on June 18, 1889

The history of the Bangor Daily News reflects the history and strong values of the State of Maine. Parent company Bangor Publishing Company is a family-owned business now in its fourth generation of ownership. The company was founded in 1889 by the great-grandfather of the current publisher, Richard J. Warren. Bangor Publishing has produced Maine’s newspaper of record, the Bangor Daily News, for more than 130 years. 

Bangor Publishing Company today serves its readers and advertisers with statewide local news and audiences. Our family of products include the Bangor Daily News,, Bangor Metro Magazine,,, St. John Valley Times, Piscataquis Observer, Aroostook Republican, Houlton Pioneer Times, Star Herald, Penobscot Times, PrintWorks and Pulse Marketing Agency.  Carolyn J. Mowers, sister of the publisher, serves as chairman of the board.

On our first anniversary in 1890, we published our mission:

The NEWS will keep right on doing what it has done, standing up for the right and fighting the wrong, even if the right happens to be the underdog as is so apt to be the case, defending the downtrodden, and advocating with all its might the best interest of Bangor and Eastern Maine. More than all that, it will continue to give all the news of the day every day, without fear or favor.

Today, we’ve streamlined our mission a bit: The Bangor Daily News advocates with all its might for the best interests of Maine through strong journalism that serves its readers.

We won’t waver from our mission, and we are grateful for the support of our subscribers and advertisers who each day choose to invest in Maine communities by supporting this local news organization.

For our 130th anniversary in 2019, we took a look back at where we’ve been and where we’re going.