About Us

The Charleston Express is a weekly newspaper in Charleston, Arkansas that is owned by GateHouse Media. We are published each Wednesday. We are located at 5111 Rogers Ave., Suite 471, Fort Smith, AR 72903. Our business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Our mailing address is P.O. Box 39, Charleston, AR. 72933. Our phone number is (479) 252-6351. Fax number is (479) 996-4494.

Charleston Express History

On June 18, 1881, the first Charleston newspaper came out. The Vindicator was founded by the owner the Ozark Democrat. Charles Knoble was the manager of the Vindicator and he purchased it a short time later. In 1883, Dr. M. Stroup bought the Vindicator. He was followed by Bridgeman Brothers who became the owners in 1885. The Vindicator continued to serve the Charleston Community until 1898.

In 1900, the second and present Charleston newspaper was established, the Charleston Express, owned and operated by P. Carter and Bert McCausey. Harry East was both the publisher and owner until the Charleston Express was sold to John Guion in 1940.

The Express was later sold to Westward Communications, then to Donrey Media. Stephens Media Group, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, purchased the Charleston Express in March, 2000.

In March 2015, New Media Investment Group acquired the assets of Stephens Media and became a member of GateHouse Media.


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