The Northern Echo is a regional daily newspaper, based in Darlington, which covers both regional and national news. The paper was founded by John Hyslop Bell and published its first edition on 1st January 1870. The paper circulation grew, particuarly under its second editor; William. Thomas Stead, who was one of the first British investigative journalists, whose reports were socially and politically influential. The Northern Echo is now owned by Newsquest (North East) Ltd and the paper has an online presence at thenorthernecho.co.uk, which includes a History section.