About the Forsyth County News
More than just a newspaper, the Forsyth County News reaches Forsyth’s largest media audience through digital and mobile platforms, as well as through video, magazines, social media and more. 

The official news source of Forsyth County since 1908, the Forsyth County News serves Georgia’s fast-growing, most-affluent and healthiest county. 

With Forsyth County’s only paid circulation local newspaper, the most-visited local media website and a host of niche magazines and publications, the FCN remains committed to informing and entertaining users across north Atlanta as Forsyth County’s premier media outlet. 

The Forsyth County News is printed every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and its website, ForsythNews.com, is updated with the latest local news and information throughout each day. 

The Forsyth County News is owned by Swartz-Morris Media, Inc., which purchased the FCN from the New York Times Company in 1994. 

Stephanie Woody was named publisher in September 2017, and is joined on the management team by Ryan Garmon, advertising director; Kayla Robins, editor; Jim Dean, online editor; and Lisa Salinas, circulation director.

Click HERE to visit our staff directory. 

For more information on advertising opportunities available in the Forsyth County News print edition, on ForsythNews.com, or in any of our other publications, please contact Ryan Garmon by phone at (770) 205-8960, or via email at rgarmon@forsythnews.com


Founded by Joe Patterson in downtown Cumming in 1908, the FCN has grown with the county it represents. 

In 1927, Roy P. Otwell purchased the Forsyth County News and the North Georgian, combining them as The Forsyth County News. Otwell remained chief editor and owner of the newspaper for 27 years. 

Charles Smithgall Sr. of Gainesville purchased the paper in 1954, and soon relocated the newspaper office to Dahlonega Street. It subsequently was operated from two different Dahlonega Street locations. In December of 1998, the FCN was relocated to its current site, the renovated building of the former Cumming Hardware at 302 Veterans Memorial Boulevard. 

The News Company, headquartered in Gwinnett County, owned the Forsyth County News from the early 1970s until 1987, when The New York Times purchased the Forsyth County News, The Winder News and the Gwinnett Daily News from The News Company. Swartz-Morris Media purchased the Forsyth County News in 1994 and owns the FCN to this day. 

For most of its history, the FCN was a weekly newspaper, but in the early 1980s it became twice-weekly publication, adding a Sunday edition to the Wednesday publication. A Friday edition was later added, and a complete website came online in 2009.