Advocate joining forces with Sun Herald for greater Gulf Coast coverage _lowres

John Georges, left, and Glen Nardi.

The Advocate and The Sun Herald will join forces to provide their readers with more complete coverage of the Gulf Coast.

The Advocate publishes daily newspapers that serve Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans and the Sun Herald covers Gulfport, Biloxi and the rest of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The newspapers will partner by sharing reporting and photography and cooperating on stories that impact both Louisiana and Mississippi, including hurricanes.

“We’re so excited to team up with the Gulf Coast’s leading voice and we know our readers will benefit from The Sun Herald’s deep knowledge of south Mississippi,” said John Georges, publisher of The Advocate.

“Sun Herald readers in South Mississippi have a keen interest in New Orleans and South Louisiana news, sports and entertainment,” publisher Glen Nardi said. “We are delighted to partner and share information with The Advocate.

“They have become a leading voice in the Gulf Coast region. They also share in our commitment to continue to deliver a traditional printed newspaper — seven days a week — to our readers’ homes.”

The Advocate is owned by John and Dathel Georges, who bought the newspaper in 2013 and pushed aggressively to expand its reach in New Orleans and Acadiana.

The Sun Herald is one of 30 newspapers nationwide owned by The McClatchy Co. It was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service in 2006 for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina.