Roanoke Times

Roanoke Times - Least Biased - Credible - reliableFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


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Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity Estimate: Medium Traffic
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Founded in 1886, The Roanoke Times is the primary newspaper in Southwestern Virginia and is based in Roanoke, Virginia, United States. It is published by Berkshire Hathaway. The current editor is Lee Wolverton.

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Funded by / Ownership

The Roanoke Times is owned by Lee Enterprises, which according to Open Secrets has donated 88% of its money to Republican politicians since 1990. The Roanoke Times is funded through a subscription and advertising model.

Analysis / Bias

In review, the Roanoke Times covers local news through reporters with minimal bias such as this Schools in Roanoke, New River valleys see increase in failing grades during virtual learning. National and international news comes from the Associated Press.

Editorially, the Roanoke Times has not endorsed a Presidential Candidate since John Kerry in 2004. A review of op-eds offers a diverse range with both sides represented. In the past more leaned left, but in this review, we are finding more right-leaning perspectives offering balance such as this Editorial: House Democrats turn their backs on rural Virginia. In general, the news is reported factually and with a reasonable editorial balance.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate the Roanoke Times Least Biased based on diverse editorial opinions. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 2/21/2017) Updated (2/26/2021)

Last Updated on February 26, 2021 by Media Bias Fact Check

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