• Newspaper
  • Community
  • History

    The Suffolk News was founded in 1873 and merged with the weekly Suffolk Herald in 1929. Suffolk Living Magazine, which launched in 2009, is a full-color glossy magazine that publishes 10,000 issues free on newsstands each quarter.

    Our Mission

    • To produce exciting, top-quality news publications focusing on people and events that affect Suffolk and surrounding communities;
    • To bend over backwards to meet the needs of our advertisers;
    • To report news accurately and without bias;
    • To edit and publish with integrity and with the best interests of our community in mind;
    • To operate at a profit level that allows us to fairly compensate our employees, reinvest in our organization and stand independent from outside influences;
    • To do what we say we will do;
    • And, above all, to treat our readers, advertisers and employees as we would like to be treated ourselves.

    Circulation

    Suffolk News-Herald: Published Tuesday through Sunday; 12,700;

    Suffolk Living Magazine: Published quarterly; 8,800

    Internet presence

    www.suffolknewsherald.com

    www.suffolklivingmag.com

    Community involvement

    The Suffolk News-Herald has been the chief sponsor of the Suffolk Cheer Fund since its inception, some 40 years ago. Money raised annually goes to fund the Suffolk Toys for Tots campaign at Christmas.

    Awards

    The News-Herald has won numerous state press association awards.

  • Market

    Virginia’s largest city, Suffolk is 430 square miles of rich land with woods, lakes, rivers and rolling terrain that make the area bountiful for residents and businesses alike. The city’s schools, parks, neighborhoods, health care facilities and utilities help create a successful community. In fact, some of the region’s most prosperous companies already call Suffolk home. And the great potential for growth is attracting many new businesses and employees. This is a place full of pride, full of promise — a place where progressive isn’t just a description, it’s an attitude. It’s a place with visi.

    Population

    City 84,585 (2010 Census)

    Geographic description

    Suffolk is located in the Hampton Roads region in Virginia, which also includes Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Portsmouth. Nearby are family-friendly beaches and many historical attractions.

    Major employers

    Lockheed Martin, QVC, Lipton, Planters Peanuts, Sentara Obici Hospital, City of Suffolk, Suffolk Public Schools

    Education

    Currently there are 12 public elementary, four middle and three high schools located within the city of Suffolk. There also are two private schools, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and First Baptist Christian School, which both serve students in pre-k through high school.

    Suffolk public schools partner with the Pruden Center for Industry and Technology to prepare students with vocational and technical training in a variety of fields such as electronics, culinary arts, building trades and computer network administration. The center also offers adult continuing education and recreational classes in the evening.

    One community college has a facility within the city of Suffolk. Paul D. Camp Community College, located on the western side of the city, awards associates degrees in Arts and Science or technical degrees in Applied Science. Through the Division of Workforce Development, PDCCC provides an array of business-related services designed to meet the training and educational needs of both existing and new employers in the region. The college also operates a 5000-square-foot workforce Development Center in Downtown Suffolk.

    History

    In 1974, the city of Suffolk consolidated with the towns of Holland and Whaleyville and Nansemond County. The result was a new municipality encompassing 430 square miles, making it the largest city in land area in Virginia and the 11th largest in the country.

    In 1912, an Italian immigrant, Amedeo Obici, moved from Pennsylvania to Suffolk and opened Planters Nut and Chocolate Company. Today Suffolk remains a major peanut processing center and transportation hub.

    Culture

    In 2010, Money magazine named Suffolk one of its Top 100 Small Cities to Live In, citing its economic climate and natural and recreational resources.

    The city’s 430 square miles are rich in natural beauty and wide-open spaces. But it’s also home to dozens of major employers, enabling residents to live close to where they work without time-intensive commutes, giving them a little more time to stroll walkable neighborhoods, to take advantage of convenient shopping, and to enjoy the recreational pleasures of 8,000 acres of lakes and miles of riverfront.

    Parks and Recreation Programs continue to expand. And enthusiasts who love golfing or birdwatching, kayaks or museums find abundant resources right here.

    A quality of life measure that’s important to all is healthcare, and Suffolk’s Obici Hospital medical complex and many outpatient clinics deliver with state-of-the-art finesse.

    Parade Magazine recently recognized the city’s annual Peanut Festival as one of the 50 Best Food Festivals in the nation. It’s a not-to-be-missed celebration of the lowly legume every October.

    Recreation

    Golf, fishing, tennis, parks and more

    Area information

    City of Suffolk
    www.suffolkva.us

    Suffolk Economic Development
    www.yessuffolk.com/doing-business-in-suffolk/

    Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
    www.hamptonroadschamber.com