These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate the Tri-City Herald Least Biased based on low biased news reporting and a balanced editorial page. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 1918, The Tri-City Herald is a daily newspaper based in Kennewick, Washington, in the United States. The newspaper serves southeastern Washington, including the three communities of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland (Tri-Cities). It also serves the smaller cities of Benton City, Connell, Prosser and West Richland. The current editor is Laurie Williams.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Tri-City Herald is owned by the McClatchy Company, which is a publishing company based in Sacramento, California. They operate 30 daily newspapers in fourteen states with some notable newspapers being the Sacramento Bee, The Miami Herald and Charlotte Observer. The Herald is funded through advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Tri-City Herald covers local news, sports, weather and crime through reporters. Articles and headlines are often minimally biased such as this: Cyber thieves steal $740,000 from Benton County. Employee fell for a common scam. National and international news is provided by other McClatchy papers. The website features a section for politics that generally offers syndicated content from other McClatchy properties.
Editorially, the Tri-City Herald has a mixed record with presidential endorsements. For example in 2012, they endorsed Republican Mitt Romney and in 2016 they endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. A review of editorials reveals a mix of left and right leaning opinions. In general, news reporting is low biased and with a reasonably balanced editorial perspective.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Tri-City Herald Least Biased based on low biased news reporting and a balanced editorial page. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 2/7/2020)
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