Publisher's Statement: The Reporter will not be deterred


On March 9, 2023, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors clerk sent a letter signed by department heads and supervisors to the publisher of The Reporter alleging articles published over the past several years have been “written in an inflammatory manner” and include “misrepresented or omitted” facts and “editorial remarks.”

A copy of the letter (already made public), dated March 8, 2023, is attached.

The Reporter takes its responsibility to provide accurate and reliable information to our readers very seriously, and believes that journalism plays a crucial role in promoting transparency, accountability, and civic engagement, and The Reporter is committed to upholding the highest standards of professional ethics and integrity.

It has always been the policy of The Reporter to publish a correction if a reporting error has been made. The Reporter also accepts letters to the editor.

The Reporter encourages everyone to engage in a fair and honest discourse based on facts and evidence. This is not only the right thing to do, but is essential for maintaining the health and vitality of our democratic system.

The Reporter will continue to cover county government without bias, furthering our mission as a government watchdog. The Reporter will not be deterred. We have retained legal counsel to determine the circumstances of the letter signing as well as the de-designation of this paper.

Randy Shepard, publisher of The Reporter


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  • Bobb

    I can’t speak for others, but in my personal case involving the County, The Reporter published nothing but Objective, Unbiased facts.

    The County twisted and misrepresented the facts and even went so far as to pay a known Gadfly $15 per hour to trash our family on social media. (It is in the Public Works Committee minutes)

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  • maryvanvalkenburg

    I have always found The Reporter's news articles fair and well-balanced. It was striking to me that the Supervisors' letter contained not one specific example to back up their accusations. I have also noticed over the years that some of the Supervisors who speak for the Board as a whole, are very defensive when they encounter any criticism. They seem to think that none of their constituents have any right to object to anything they do. I suspect that is why they are reacting so drastically to what was likely truth-telling in the pages of The Reporter.

    Editors, do stand your ground.

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