The News & Observer is widely regarded as one of the nation's best regional newspapers and places a strong emphasis on investigative reporting and watchdog journalism. In 1996, the paper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for its work showing how commercial hog farms were affecting the environment and economy in Eastern North Carolina. A company with deep roots in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area, also known as the Triangle, The News & Observer Publishing Co. publishes not only The News & Observer, but 10 twice weekly newspapers offering community coverage throughout the area. The company is also the producer of Walter magazine, a magazine that captures “Raleigh’s Life and Soul,” through stories about arts, culture, food, and the interesting people who live in the fast-growing, vibrant city. The company launched, one of the nation’s first internet service providers, in 1994, and today is home to both and, two of the region’s leading websites.