The company was founded by James McClatchy in 1857.
McClatchy's largest newspapers, in order of circulation:
- Star Tribune in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. Bought in 1998.
- The Sacramento Bee, in California, founded in 1857. The company's oldest paper.
- The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bought in 1995.
- The Fresno Bee, California.
- The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, bought in 1986.
- The Modesto Bee, California.
Other McClatchy acquisitions:
- 1979: Anchorage Daily News in Alaska and the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Washington.
- 1990: Three dailies in South Carolina -- The Herald in Rock Hill, The Island Packet in Hilton Head, and The Beaufort Gazette.
- January 2004: Merced Sun-Star and five affiliated nondailies in California's Central Valley. Those newspapers are the Atwater Signal, the Chowchilla News, the Livingston Chronicle, the Los Baños Enterprise and the Sierra Star, which is in Oakhurst.
Other McClatchy operations include an Internet subsidiary, McClatchy Interactive, and Newsprint Ventures Inc., a consortium that operates the Ponderay newsprint mill near Spokane, Washington.
As of 2004, the company has about 9,300 employees. The company's stock symbol is MNI, and shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
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