Omaha World-Herald Bias and Reliability Overview

Omaha World-Herald is a daily newspaper covering news primarily in Nebraska and Iowa in the Midwest. It was founded in 1885 in Omaha and was once owned by Omaha native Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway. In January 2020 it was acquired by Lee Enterprises. The newspaper has won three Pulitzer Prizes. The publication’s website records approximately 2.9 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Omaha World-Herald as neutral in terms of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

The following are Omaha World-Herald’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 47.90

Bias: -0.40

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to + 42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URL Bias Reliability
New owner of former Reign Lounge agrees to strict measures to get liquor license045.39
Stothert formally kicks off 2021 re-election bid for Omaha mayor144.37
Omaha's Symone Sanders could be press secretary for Biden-2.543.45
Nebraska's Erik Chinander embracing defensive wrinkle used by Alabama, Wisconsin043.89
Sen. Groene called Omaha woman a fanatic and stupid-446.99
Hastings QB Jarrett Synek to walk on at Nebraska044.39
OPS to do remote learning for two weeks following winter break049.39
OPS board plans special meeting on remote learning351.4
Four UNO sports teams quarantined after athletes test positive for COVID-19-148.85
Court ruling: Big Ten must disclose additional documents in next 10 days446.98
State agency applies U.S. Supreme Court ruling on LGBT job rights to housing cases-5.3352.26
'That's a big loss': South Omaha's main coronavirus testing site will close Thursday-0.551.87
Get used to wearing a mask, Omahans — after 4-hour hearing, council unanimously passes mandate-150.38
Omaha lawmaker tries another avenue to allow discussion of meatpacking plant conditions-351.12
Sponsor says bill banning abortion method lacks vote to advance in Nebraska Legislature446.75
Omaha police warned of arrests during march; protesters call officers' actions 'unnecessary'-148.85