The Herald-Leader is the weekly, locally owned & operated, community newspaper of Fitzgerald (Ben Hill County) GA. We publish each Wednesday. News coverage focuses primarily on Fitzgerald & Ben Hill County, as well as on broader issues affecting our residents. Our circulation is approximately 5,000. The Herald-Leader is the official legal organ for the City of Fitzgerald, the City of Abbeville and Ben Hill County.
The Herald-Leader is wholly owned by Pryor Publications, Inc. Tim Anderson, editor & publisher, and Becky Pryor Anderson are sole owners of Pryor Publications. The newspaper is printed at Pineland Press in Ocilla.
The Andersons bought the newspaper in 1997. Editor & publisher Jerry Pryor owned the paper from 1959 until his retirement in 1996. He purchased The Fitzgerald Herald from his father and uncle, J.J. Pryor & S.G. Pryor, who founded The Fitzgerald Herald in 1916. Jerry Pryor bought the old Fitzgerald Hardware building in 1992 and fully renovated the 1897 building. From 1916 until 1992, operations were housed at 115 E. Central Ave.