Freedom Communications, Inc.

Sun Journal
3200 Wellons Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562
Fax: 252-638-4664


Vernon DeBolt
President, Freedom ENC

Judy Avery
General Manager and
VP Marketing - FENC

Randy Foster
Managing Editor


1914. Joined Freedom Communications Inc. in 1974.

Daily: 13,032; Sunday: 14,311

The Sun Journal fosters a work environment with an accent on teamwork. The chemistry is great here, and although we are just 16,000 in circulation, we think much larger.

Special features:
We are a visually oriented newspaper, relying on award-winning local art to help drive our news pages. We also rely heavily on local content, including coverage of the rivers, environment and military.

Numerous NCPA awards for photography, design, investigative reporting and columns.


New Bern was the Colonial Capital of North Carolina, the first State Capital, and the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola. We are just 35 miles from the beach, two hours from Raleigh and three from Myrtle Beach. New Bern has a four-season climate, although winter is remarkably brief. Snow may dust the ground once a year, but climatic extremes are very rare.

Industrial-manufacturing economy. Predominantly 50 and older, with a large segment of adults with families. Tourism has a major economic impact on the area with domestic travelers spending over $95 million in Craven County annually.

Things to do:
Outdoor recreational opportunities attract thousands of people from throughout the U.S. Sailors and fishermen ply the waters of the Neuse River and nearby Pamilco Sound 12 months of the year. The graceful Trent River, a water-skiing and fishing paradise, has been called the “country club of bass” by a noted writer. There are nine golf courses in and surrounding New Bern, and the hunter will find an abundance of wild game and waterfowl. New Bern is also a community immersed in both culture and the arts, with festivals and cultural events occuring throughout the year. Minor league baseball and NCAA sports are also available.

98,529 in Craven County
29,777 in New Bern

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