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 in the middle category 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: 47.14

Bias: -0.45

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 URLBiasReliability
New owner of former Reign Lounge agrees to strict measures to get liquor license044
Stothert formally kicks off 2021 re-election bid for Omaha mayor0.6744.67
Omaha's Symone Sanders could be press secretary for Biden-3.3343.67
Nebraska's Erik Chinander embracing defensive wrinkle used by Alabama, Wisconsin044.67
Sen. Groene called Omaha woman a fanatic and stupid-2.6746.67
Hastings QB Jarrett Synek to walk on at Nebraska045
OPS to do remote learning for two weeks following winter break049
OPS board plans special meeting on remote learning248.33
Grand jury to review shooting death of James Scurlock next week-2.6746.67
Four UNO sports teams quarantined after athletes test positive for COVID-19-0.6746.33
Court ruling: Big Ten must disclose additional documents in next 10 days2.6748.67
New quarantine rules for teachers could keep Nebraska schools open2.3348
State agency applies U.S. Supreme Court ruling on LGBT job rights to housing cases-5.3352.33
Knock, knock: If you didn't reply, a census worker will be coming to your door soon-2.6749.33
Proposal would shift $2 million from Omaha police budget to workforce, mental health services-1.3344.33
'That's a big loss': South Omaha's main coronavirus testing site will close Thursday-0.551.75
Get used to wearing a mask, Omahans — after 4-hour hearing, council unanimously passes mandate-150.25
Omaha lawmaker tries another avenue to allow discussion of meatpacking plant conditions-351
Omaha protesters paint harsh picture of jail; officials say they did their best in a bad situation344.67
Nebraska ignored drug manufacturers demands to return execution drugs-0.3341.33
Sponsor says bill banning abortion method lacks vote to advance in Nebraska Legislature447
Omaha police warned of arrests during march; protesters call officers' actions 'unnecessary'-149.33