Print News and Raise Hell

The Daily Tar Heel and the Evolution of a Modern University

By Kenneth Joel Zogry

360 pp., 8 x 10, 130 halftones, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6922-9
    Published: February 2022
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-0829-7
    Published: February 2018
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-0830-3
    Published: February 2018
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-4402-6
    Published: February 2018

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For over 125 years, the Daily Tar Heel has chronicled life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at times pushed and prodded the university community on issues of local, state, and national significance. Thousands of students have served on its staff, many of whom have gone on to prominent careers in journalism and other influential fields. Print News and Raise Hell engagingly narrates the story of the newspaper's development and the contributions of many of the people associated with it. Kenneth Joel Zogry shows how the paper has wrestled over the years with challenges to academic freedom, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press, while confronting issues such as the evolution of race, gender, and sexual equality on campus and long-standing concerns about the role of major athletics at an institution of higher learning. The story of the paper, the social media platform of its day, uncovers many dramatic but perhaps forgotten events at UNC since the late nineteenth century, and along with many photographs and cartoons not published for decades, opens a fascinating window into Tar Heel history. Examining how the campus and the paper have dealt with many challenging issues for more than a century, Zogry reveals the ways in which the history of the Daily Tar Heel is deeply intertwined with the past and present of the nation's oldest public university.

About the Author

Kenneth Joel Zogry, Ph.D., is a public historian and researches and writes extensively about UNC history.

For more information about Kenneth Joel Zogry, visit the Author Page.


“Informative and accessible, Zogry’s work confirms that a free, independent press remains crucial to the healthy functioning of society and essential to understandings of the present and the past.”--Journal of Southern History

“Kenneth Joel Zogry's history of the University of North Carolina's student newspaper the Daily Tar Heel (DTH) is proof that news really is the 'first rough draft of history.' His sweeping, sprawling story-by-story account of the paper's 125-plus years of publication gives the sort of unvarnished context so necessary, but so often missing, from histories of higher education.”--Journal of American History

“A surprisingly lively and engaging survey of hundreds of thousands of articles printed in some twenty thousand issues of the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) student newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel. . . . [Zogry] has given us an invaluable perspective on the period when UNC-Chapel Hill grew and developed into one of America’s premier public research universities.”--North Carolina Historical Review

"Ken Zogry's history of the Daily Tar Heel tells two engaging and interlocking stories--not only of a legendary student newspaper, but of the university whose adventures it fearlessly chronicles. It is eloquent and essential reading for us all."--Edwin M. Yoder Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Lions at Lamb House

"This is not merely a history of the Daily Tar Heel; it is a history of the key battles that were fought over complex issues that faced the university and the state of North Carolina itself during much of the twentieth century and the early years of the twenty-first--issues that vex us yet."--Jack Betts, retired associate editor, the Charlotte Observer

"This is historical writing at its best--trenchant, lively, and engaging. Zogry reminds us that students, no less than faculty and administrators, have shaped the history of America's colleges and universities. At UNC, they often led in making the institution a refuge for open inquiry and free expression in a region that too often had little tolerance for either."--James L. Leloudis, author of To Right These Wrongs