McClatchy Through the Years
By Susan Paterno
Susan Paterno (email@example.com) is an AJR senior contributing writer.
Sacramento Daily Bee debuts. James McClatchy, an original member of the editing staff, becomes editor five months after the launch. He becomes part- owner nine years later.
James McClatchy dies, leaving half of his interest in the paper to his wife, Charlotte, and a quarter each to sons C.K. and V.S.
McClatchys assume full ownership of the Bee.
McClatchy launches the Fresno Bee.
After 40 years of running the company with brother V.S., C.K. assumes sole control.
McClatchy buys the News-Herald in Modesto. Six years later it is renamed the Modesto Bee.
C.K. McClatchy dies; daughter Eleanor takes over the business.
Erwin Potts joins McClatchy as general manager.
C.K. McClatchy, grandson of the first C.K., becomes company president after Eleanor retires.
McClatchy buys the Anchorage Daily News and Washington State's Tri-CityHerald.
Gary Pruitt joins McClatchy as corporate counsel.
The company acquires the News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington.
McClatchy goes public.
After C.K. dies, Erwin Potts becomes the first person outside the family to head McClatchy.
The company buys three small dailies in South Carolina.
The company buys Raleigh's News & Observer.
Gary Pruitt becomes CEO; he is named chairman five years later.
McClatchy buys Minneapolis' Star Tribune and its subsidiaries for $1.4 billion.