For more than 140 years, The Robesonian has served the people of Robeson County as their primary source of news, as well as a guide to satisfy the community’s appetite for goods and services through advertising of local merchants. The Robesonian traces its heritage back to 1870, when it was established by W.S. McDiamid, a Baptist preacher. The first home of The Robesonian was a one-story brick building on Water Street, between Third and Fourth streets, in Lumberton.

The newspaper moved to several locations during those early years, finally resting for a spell at another downtown location at 121 W. Fifth St. in 1924, a brick building that was expanded in 1952 and renovated in 1979. After 81 years on West Fifth, the newspaper operation moved to its current home at 2175 N. Roberts Ave. in late 2005. Our goal of giving readers a balanced and fair account of what goes on in this community and elsewhere in the world will never change, while the means through which we deliver your community news and information has expanded rapidly.

Today, our community members can take their news in print six times a week, through e-mail daily, online at and by using their mobile devices anytime. Currently we reach more than 60,000 individuals a day through our print and Internet editions. The Robesonian seeks to provide news the community needs, reported faithfully and fully, with respect for all and favor to none. We strive to be authoritative and insightful, to inform and to delight.

To accomplish this mission, we set for ourselves the following goals:
– To be the indispensable, timely source of information and community coverage, examining all subjects that affect readers.
– To provide community members with information relevant to their daily lives.
– To raise issues aggressively and constructively in matters of public interest.
– To reflect the diversity of our community’s people.
– To ensure that the right information, reaches the right audience, at the time they want it using the wide variety of formats available to us.

Our news and information products have our name on it, however we want you to think of it as yours, too. Use it, enjoy it, and let us know how we can make it better. We are always eager to hear from you.