The Wilkes Journal-Patriot is a newspaper based in North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina and published three times each week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). The paper claims a circulation of 15,000 paid subscribers. According to its website, The Journal-Patriot traces its beginning to the establishment of The Wilkes Patriot by Charles H. Cowles in 1906. Cowles was a Republican politician and served as a U.S. Congressman from 1907 to 1911. Under Cowles' guidance, the Patriot became one of the few Republican-leaning newspapers in North Carolina at the time. The Wilkes Journal was founded in 1917. The two newspapers merged in 1932.