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Ed Clemente (top, from left), Sue Ogas
Ken MacDonald (bottom, from left), Robin Huffman, Catharin Shepard

The News-Journal has been covering the news and issues of Hoke County since 1904 (you could make a case we’ve been here since 1896!). We’re in Raeford, N.C., in Hoke County.

We work to provide responsible, credible coverage of the county. Our reporter, Catharin Shepard ([email protected]) has a master’s in Journalism from the University of Georgia and 10 years of experience. Publisher Ken MacDonald ([email protected]) holds a degree in radio, TV and motion pictures, and 40 years of experience in news reporting, 33 years at The News-Journal. The rest of our small staff—Robin (graphics), Sue (sales), and Ed (sports contributor) have decades of experience in their fields. Together, we’ve won dozens of news awards in recent years. All of our work is in Hoke County.

If you want to know what’s going on in Hoke County, you’ve come to the right place!