The Paris News is a newspaper based in Paris, Texas, covering the Northeast Texas counties of Lamar, Delta, Red River and Fannin, plus Choctaw County, Oklahoma. It publishes six days a week (excluding Saturdays). It is owned by Southern Newspapers Inc.
The paper traces its roots to The North Texan, begun by A.H. Boyd in 1869, and a newspaper published by his younger brother, Austin Pollard Boyd. The younger Boyd bought the North Texan and merged the publications, running a daily newspaper known as the Paris Morning News until his death in 1902. Boyd's son, Sayers, published the newspaper until 1920, when it was sold to a local stock company.
Following a devastating 1916 fire that destroyed most of Paris' downtown area, including the newspaper office and all records, the nascent Harte-Hanks newspaper company bought the Morning News as one of its first acquisitions in 1929. The publication schedule was changed and it was renamed the Paris Evening News soon thereafter, and changed its name to the Paris News in 1937.
Harte-Hanks sold the newspaper to Worrell Communications in 1986, which in turn dealt it to Southern Newspapers three years later.
A.G. "Pat" Mayse served as publisher from 1929 until his death in 1955. He was succeeded by Walter W. Bassano, his son-in-law, who was publisher until 1972. His son, Pat, took the post beginning in 1974 until Michael Graxiola was installed in the post when Southern Newspapers bought the newspaper. The company moved Graxiola to the Kerrville Daily Times in 2009, bringing in Patrick Graham. Graham left for the Galveston County Daily News in 2011 and was replaced by J.D. Davidson.