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The Daily Progress (often referred to as "the Progress") is the area's only daily newspaper. It is owned as a unit of Berkshire Hathaway. In October 2019, reporters and production workers voted 12-1 to unionized under the Blue Ridge Guild. [1]


1916 product advertisement by Goss Printing Press Company

The first issue of the newspaper was published on September 14, 1892 by James Hubert Lindsay & Frank Lindsay. The brothers printed 200 copies on a used Campbell flatbed press at 112 Fourth Street, NE. James Lindsay was the newspaper's founder and publisher.[2] At the end of 1895, Lindsay announced in an editorial that subscriptions were to be paid in advance rather "than the old plan of waiting until the amounts due on subscription are large and burdensome." [3]

The paper had a radio station with the call sign WKBG that broadcast its first program on May 29, 1927. [4]

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Around the 1930s, the Progress offered two newspapers, one catering toward white readers and the other aimed at blacks.[5] It is unclear when this practice ended.

In 1960, the management and department heads began visiting newspaper plants in order to plan for the paper's long-term future. [6]

In October 2, 1975, the paper helped break a strike by The Washington Post pressmen by printing 100,000 copies. [7]

Sale to Media General

In 1995, then owner Thomas A. Worrell Jr. sold the Progress as the flagship of a 29-paper chain to Media General for $230 million.[8]

Partnership with Charlottesville Tomorrow

In August 2009 the Daily Progress began publishing stories written by Charlottesville Tomorrow, contributed at no cost.[9]

Sale to Berkshire Hathaway

On May 17, 2012 Media General, Inc. announced signed agreements with Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., whereby a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, BH Media Group, will purchase newspapers owned by Media General, including the Progress.[10][11]


Albemarle County Reporters

  • Allison Wrabel (current)
  • Michael C. Bragg
  • Reynolds Hutchins
  • Aaron Richardson (June 2011[12]-March 2013)
  • Brandon Shulleeta (July 2008-May 2011)
  • Jeremy Borden (September 2006-June 2008)
  • Jessica Kitchin (2005-August 2006)[13]

City of Charlottesville Reporters


Former reporters

  • Liana Bayne, Public Safety Reporter (June 2013-present)
  • Samantha Koon (October 2011[16]-Present)
  • Aaron Richardson
  • Brian McNeil, Politics/Business Reporter
  • Julie Stavitski (Covered education around 2005)
  • Brian Root (Business reporter in 1998)
  • Kimberly O'Brien (city reporter active in 1998)
  • Beverley Allison (1968)
  • Mike Lantrip (1968)
  • Eleanor Berry (1968)
  • Chris Cramer, Sports Columnist (1968)
  • Ruth Lane, reporter in the 1960's [17]


Former managers


  1. Web. Journalists of the Daily Progress vote 12 to 1 to form Blue Ridge Guild, News Article, The News Guild, retrieved November 9, 2019.
  2. Web. Yesteryears: James H. Lindsay, David A. Maurer, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, retrieved 29 Jan 2012.
  3. Web. Business Matter, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, December 24, 1895, retrieved December 25, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. December 24, 1895 page 2.
  4. Web. Charlottesville Hits Air With A Bang; Thousands Hear, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, May 30, 1927, retrieved May 30, 2016 from University of Virginia Library.
  5. Web. Reflecting the Past: New African-American newspaper dusts off a 70-year mission, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, retrieved December 2, 2011. Print. September 16, 2003 , 15.37, .
  6. Print: Future Plans for Progress Being Made, Staff reports, Daily Progress, Lindsay family January 12, 1960, Page 11.
  7. Print: The Seventies: Central Virginia Ends Decade of Joy and Tragedy, Doug Kamholz, Daily Progress, Worrell Newspaper group January 1, 1980, Page A6.
  8. Web. Weschler's world: Berkshire Hathaway buys 'Daily Progress', Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, May 17 2012
  9. Partners: Progress hooks up with growth-watchers, Lisa Provence, The Hook, August 30 2009
  10. Web. Media General Announces Agreements with Berkshire Hathaway for Purchase of Newspapers and New Financing, Press release, Media General, May 17, 2012
  11. Web. Berkshire Hathaway will purchase Media General newspapers, including Daily Progress, staff report, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, May 17, 2012
  12. Web. Community rallies around closing Batesville Store, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 13 June 2011, retrieved 13 June 2011.
  13. Web. Special thanks to Jessica Kitchin, Daily Progress, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 4 Aug. 2006, retrieved 23 Feb. 2011.
  14. Web. City's Edwards won't run for re-election, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 21 Feb. 2011, retrieved 23 Feb. 2011.
  15. Web. Photographer joins Progress news team, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, August 26, 2017, retrieved February 14, 2018.
  16. Web. Albemarle looking at million dollar shortfall, Samantha Koon, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 4 October 2011, retrieved 4 October 2011.
  17. Web. Scribner Says Water City's Main Problem, Ruth Lane, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, March 28, 1962, retrieved June 10, 2017 from University of Virginia Library. Print. March 28, 1962 page 17.
  18. Web. Rob Jiranek out as Daily Progress publisher, Lisa Provence, C-Ville Weekly, May 2, 2018, retrieved May 2, 2018.
  19. Web. Progress editor departing for UVa post, Staff reports, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, May 3 2012
  20. Web. Lou Hatter, Linked In, retrieved May 18, 2012.
  21. Web. The Daily Progress Appoints Allen Clayton Managing Editor, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, August 8, 1933, retrieved August 9, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. August 8, 1933 page 1.

External Links

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