The News Reporter was founded in 1890 to serve Columbus County. It is the media of record for Columbus, North Carolina’s third largest county in acreage. The News Reporter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for its expose’ of Ku Klux Klan activities in Columbus County. The Thompson and High families have owned the paper since 1938. After Publisher Leslie S. Thompson’s untimely death in 1959, his son-in-law, James C. High, became publisher and retains that post today.