The Dallas Times Herald, founded in 1888 by a merger of the Dallas Times and the Dallas Herald, was once one of two major daily newspapers serving the Dallas, Texas (USA) area. It won three Pulitzer Prizes, all for photography, and two George Polk Awards, for local and regional reporting. As an afternoon publication for most of its 103 years, its demise was hastened by the shift of newspaper reading habits to morning papers, the reliance on television for late-breaking news, as well as the loss of an antitrust lawsuit against crosstown rival The Dallas Morning News after the latter's parent company bought the rights to 26 United Press Syndicate features that previously had been running in the Times Herald.
MediaNews Group bought the Times Herald from Times Mirror in 1986; Times Mirror had owned the paper since 1969. MediaNews sold off the paper in 1988.
On December 8, 1991, Belo, owner of The Dallas Morning News, bought the Times Herald for $55 million and closed the paper the next day.
George Polk Awards
- 1978—local reporting
- 1982—Jim Henderson for regional reporting
Notable former staff
- Skip Bayless, sports columnist, current ESPN analyst
- Joe Bob Briggs, syndicated film critic, writer, and actor
- Lee Cullum, NPR and PBS commentator, columnist, and producer and host for KERA Television
- Rodger Dean Duncan, author and noted thought leader in organizational development and human performance
- A. C. Greene, journalist, author, television commentator, historian. Was Times-Herald editorial page editor at the time of the John F. Kennedy Assassination. At the time of the sale of the Times-Herald and KRLD-TV to the Los Angeles Times, Greene became a major stockholder in the paper and of the LA Times after the sale was finalized.
- Paul Hagen, baseball writer and 2013 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America
- Molly Ivins, syndicated columnist
- Iris Krasnow, best-selling author specializing in relationships and personal growth
- Jim Lehrer, author and anchor of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS who was a Times Herald reporter at the time of the John F. Kennedy assassination in Dallas
- Gaylord Shaw, managing editor and Pulitzer prize winner
- Blackie Sherrod, award winning sports writer and commentator. Author of several sports books.
- Mickey Spagnola, writer for DallasCowboys.com
- Mike Goldman, managing editor of Boys' Life magazine
- Johnny D. Boggs, award-winning Western writer
- Cox, Patrick. The First Texas News Barons. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005. ISBN 0-292-70977-3.
- Gelsanliter, David. Fresh Ink: Behind the Scenes at a Major Metropolitan Newspaper. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1995. ISBN 0-929398-84-X. (Pages 141-181 discuss the demise of the Dallas Times Herald.)
- Gwynne, S.C. (January 2005). The Dallas Morning Blues. Texas Monthly.
- Rogers, John William. The Lusty Texans of Dallas, ch. XV. New York: Dutton, 1960.
- Schutze, Jim (February 1992). "It Wasn't Murder. Was It Suicide? What Really Killed the Herald," D Magazine. (Accessed Jan. 7, 2009, by free search of online archive.)
- The WPA Dallas Guide and History. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1992. ISBN 0-929398-31-9.