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Fort Worth Star-Telegram
808 Throckmorton Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102-6315
817-390-7400
www.Star-Telegram.com

   

The Paper

Founded: The Fort Worth Star was founded in 1906 and merged with the Fort Worth Telegram in 1909 to become the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. McClatchy acquired the newspaper in 2006 with its acquisition of Knight Ridder.

Key Executives:
Gary Wortel, President and Publisher
Jim Witt, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor
Chet Wakefield, Senior Vice President, Operations
Don Burk, Vice President, Advertising
Ellen Alfano, Vice President Online, Deputy Executive Editor
Roger Provost, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Craig Diebel, Vice President Digital and Audience Development
Darla Ruiz, Vice President, Human Resources
Dolan Stidom, Vice President, Circulation

Newsroom Hiring Contact: Managing Editor Larry Lutz at 817-390-7121 or e-mail llutz@star-telegram.com

Internship Hiring Contact: Executive Administrative Assistant D’Juana Gibson at 817-685-3831 or e-mail dgibson@star-telegram.com

General Hiring Contact: Human Resources Employment Generalist Yolanda Hinojos at 817-390-7878 or e-mail yhinojos@star-telegram.com

Distinction: The newspaper bears a rich and colorful legacy tied to the Old West. Its founding publisher, Amon G. Carter Sr., was a renowned booster of Fort Worth and West Texas.

Market: The four-county Fort Worth/Arlington Metropolitan Division is the vital western side of the 12-county Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington MSA/CBSA -- the nation’s fourth largest metro market and its second fastest growing. On its own, Fort Worth/Arlington would rank among the 30 most populous metro areas. The city of Fort Worth was the fastest-growing major city (500,000-plus population) in the United States for 2000-06 (+20 percent). Keyed on the twin Dallas/Fort Worth International and Fort Worth Alliance airports, it is a growing technology, transportation and financial services hub.

Circulation Area: Fort Worth/Arlington metro area (Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Wise counties), Somervell and Hood counties, all or part of eight surrounding counties and six other North Texas counties

Facilities/Site: In October 2011, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram relocated to the former Commerce Building in downtown Fort Worth and since renamed The Star-Telegram Building. The newspaper occupies the first floor, mezzanine, fourth, fifth and sixth floors. The new location is right across the street from the original location of the first Star-Telegram building at 815 Throckmorton. The company-owned printing and distribution facility is located eight minutes south of downtown Fort Worth.

Total Star-Telegram Audience (Scarborough, 2007):
Print: 537,500 daily; 819,800 Sunday
7-Day Cumulative Audience: 1,056,000
Website: 30-Day Website audience (in the DFW/DMA market): 265,900
Integrated Audience (7-Day Print Plus 30 days Website): 1,162,600.

Website Usage (Six-month average through June 2007): 21.2 million monthly page views (plus 5.2% vs. previous year);
1.3 million monthly unique visitors (plus 10.3% vs. previous year)

Customers: Subscribers are likely to be well-educated, upscale, older, white-collar workers

Circulation (ABC Audit, 12 months ending 3/31/2006): 321,322 Sunday; 219,715 Monday through Friday; 236,945 Saturday

Size: Averages 91 pages daily; 138 pages Saturday; 205 pages Sunday

Single-Copy Sales: 11% daily; 25% Sunday

Carrier Force: Independent contractors

Downtown Fort Worth bustles with activity well into the evening, perhaps except during an occasional North Texas thunderstorm.


Niche/Community Products: The Star-Telegram also owns the Alliance Regional Newspapers, a group of nine small suburban newspapers published weekly; and the weekly Weatherford Telegram and Mansfield News Mirror. The weekly La Estrella and La Estrella en Casa target the Spanish-language dominant residents of the Dallas/Fort Worth market. The Star-Telegram company also publishes two upscale print publications - "Panache" and "Indulge" magazines; and rack/bulk print publications for all three major classified verticals - DFW Auto Finder, DFW Find a Home, Auto Connection and Job Connection.

Production: CCI-based pagination system; three Creo Trendsetter CTP plate makers w/NELA plate loaders; four 11-unit Goss presses with two towers on each line; two NP630s and three 1372 inserters; all straight press runs




Commercial Print Shop: One 3850 Imagesetter; one Avantra Doubletruck Imagesetter; 8-unit color Didde press; 4-color Ryobi press Technology: CCI-based pagination system; Merlin Text Archiving; T/One; Merlin Photo archiving; Autologic RIPs; OMAN; APSCOM; CCI editorial; Geac advertising; NTI circulation; C-Text classified; hardware platforms include Compaq, Dell, DEC Alpha and SUN with Unix, NT and Novell operating; and MaaX database marketing solution

Color: 300 editorial and advertising color pages per week

Employees: 1,219 full-time; 340 part-time

Full-time Newsroom Staff:
Reporters/Writers: 122
Copy Editors/Designers: 86
Photographers /Artists: 17
Editors/Management: 75
20% ethnic minority/35% gender minority

Bureaus: Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; zoned offices in Northeast Tarrant County (Bedford); and Arlington

Ongoing Special Projects

Measuring Up: Every year, results of the state’s exams can make or break a school’s reputation, lull or alarm parents, even boost or blast home values. But the passing rates alone don’t give a good picture of the quality of education. So the Star-Telegram dug deeper, assembling various databases with relevant information about school performance. Reporter Jeff Claassen analyzed the data, identifying some schools with surprising successes -- as well as ones whose stellar reputations mask some gaps in performance. Star-Telegram education writers used his findings for a series of newspaper stories, published in May 2007, as the Star-Telegram launched its website on an easy-to-use way to evaluate schools. The website lets readers look at a variety of academic measures for 400 public schools and compare their school with any other in the area. Periodically, the Star-Telegram will be adding other measures to the website, making it the most comprehensive, easy-to-use source of information about public schools for our readers.

Consumer Report Cards: The Star-Telegram has begun a series of examinations of how well the state is looking out for Texas consumers. The series kicked off in June 2007 with a look at the state boards that regulate doctors, nurses, chiropractors and dentists. Reporters Yamil Berard and Darren Barbee found that some of the boards had backlogs of cases that dated back for years and that most boards had become less likely to impose the most severe sanctions. Some allowed felons to be licensed. Often, boards provided disciplinary information that was outdated or had significant gaps.

Lax Oversight of Nursing Homes: Since fall 2006, reporter Darren Barbee has been writing about loopholes in state oversight of nursing homes. Among the findings: Texas has allowed some of the worst operators to continue to get licenses for new homes, despite long histories of homes that have failed or put residents at risk. One package told the story of a web of companies that allegedly cheated the government out of millions of dollars in a multi-state scheme.

Examination of Mannatech Inc.: It’s a miracle in a bottle, the sellers would have consumers believe. Liver cancer, cystic fibrosis, Down Syndrome, PMS -- all defeated by a plant extract said to contain eight sugars. With that kind of buzz, Mannatech Inc. has become a powerhouse in the dietary supplement industry. But a Star-Telegram examination by reporter Danny Robbins found that the company and its associates may have crossed the line in health claims made about the products. Robbins also revealed that two previous companies started by one of Mannatech’s founders had been shut down by the state and that the company’s chief science officer had joined the company straight from prison, where he served a sentence for drug trafficking. In subsequent reports, Robbins revealed questionable ties between Mannatech and a nonprofit organization supposedly devoted to research on dietary supplements. As Star-Telegram coverage has continued, the Wall Street Journal and the television news program "20/20" have reported similar findings, and the state has filed a lawsuit charging the company and its president with deceptive trade practices.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Texas created a program to increase the amount of safe, decent housing for low-income people. But a Star-Telegram examination found that all but two of the 38 apartment complexes that won financing through the Texas State Affordable Housing Corp. had defaulted on their bonds. What’s more, conditions at some apartments had become so dire that residents were at risk. A number of the complexes had been purchased at two to three times their appraised values from one company that later stayed on to manage the complexes. The program’s failure horrified national housing experts and insiders in the state’s municipal bond market. All told, more than $400 million in bonds were in default.

Foreclosure Auctions Abused: During the past six years, $13 million in foreclosed properties have ended up in the hands of one man at less than 10 cents on the dollar. They were sold to him by a company engaged in property-tax lending, in which high-interest loans are made to people at risk of losing their homes because of delinquent property taxes. The Star-Telegram exclusive by reporter Danny Robbins raised questions about whether the company was holding public bidding, as required by state law, and about the foreclosure system that is ripe for abuse.

Toxic Tradeoff: Americans have the world’s highest level of some toxic chemicals in their blood, a legacy of the products that have made our lives safer and more convenient. Eat microwave popcorn, sit at a dusty computer or on a flame-retardant sofa and you’re exposed. The chemicals build up in your body over time, creating what researchers fear is an emerging health threat. But the issue of the chemical body burden never makes the agenda of state and local agencies. To highlight the topic, reporter Scott Streater found a dozen local residents willing to undergo blood tests and share the findings with our readers. A world-renowned expert at the University of Texas School of Public Health helped the newspaper establish the project’s protocols. The Star-Telegram arranged for a lab in Germany to analyze the samples. Using those findings, the paper looked at the exposures of the volunteers and explained to readers the pertinent research and laws about the toxic substances.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Fort Worth Diocese: In 2006, the Star-Telegram joined a lawsuit to force the release of secret files of the Catholic diocese that described sexual abuse by priests. After the court-ordered release of the files, Star-Telegram reporter Darren Barbee detailed the findings, focusing on the diocese’s attempts over the years to mislead the public about the extent of the problems. As coverage continued, the diocese began the process to defrock two priests and, in an exclusive interview with the Star-Telegram, a new bishop acknowledged that abuse cases had been mishandled.

Major Awards

1985 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service

2007
Gerald Loeb Award for Beat Writing
One of the highest honors in business journalism, the Loeb Awards are administered by the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Reporter Heather Landy was honored for articles revealing that Dave Edmondson, the former RadioShack chief executive, lied on his resume about his academic credentials. His biography, posted on RadioShack’s website, stated that Edmondson held degrees in theology and psychology from a small bible college, but the school had no record that Edmondson completed his studies, and it had never offered a degree in psychology. Edmondson resigned on Feb. 20.

Society of Business Editors and Writers
Mitchell Schnurman won his second consecutive award for best columnist for papers of 250,000 to 375,000 circulation.

Missouri School of Journalism Annual Awards
Andrew Marton of the YourLife staff was named outstanding arts and entertainment writer for newspapers with less than 350,000 circulation. Marton won for a story titled "Avedon’s Lone Stars."

According to the judges, the piece was a "Detective story. Local story. National story. This piece has it all. The writer uncovers the whereabouts of some of Richard Avedon’s ‘In the American West’ photographic series. The iconic photographs illustrate much about their subjects, but this approach reveals even more. It prints the famous Avedon photos that show the series’ Texans, and then takes new photos 20 years later. (The new photos, by the way, compare favorably to the old ones.) Then the writer asks about the circumstances of the original photo shoot, digging out not only the logistics but also what the subjects were thinking. In many cases, the information per se is not enthralling but the overall impact, as Marton’s introduction says, tells us how these ‘homegrown miners and farmers and factory workers whose lives, unglamorous by every other measure, were illuminated, touched and irreversibly changed by a chance encounter with a New Yorker and his camera.'"

Associated Press Sports Editors

This is the ninth consecutive year the Star-Telegram’s Sports section has been ranked in the Top 10 in the largest circulation category by APSE.

McClatchy President’s Awards
Dallas Cowboys NFL View Animations Online - animator Alex Russ III and sports humorist Dave Thomas

Judges comments: "This is genius. Who said newsrooms aren’t innovative and creative? This shows they are. It also shows how well the Star-Telegram understands this particular audience - Dallas Cowboys fans - and what a newspaper can do to create special content for an audience. Congratulations for creating something original and something audience-driven. This is ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking."

Texas Daily Newspaper Association
John Q. Murphy Award for Excellence in Copy Editing for Dan Purschwitz’s portfolio of work

The award is presented every other year to a copy editor from a Texas newspaper with a circulation of more than 100,000. Four Star-Telegram copy editors have received this award in its history.

2006
Texas Associated Press Managing Editors

2005
Society of Business Writers and Editors
Overall Excellence - Sections Award (Large Newspapers - 250,001 to 375,000 circulation)

Special Projects Award -- Large Newspapers for "Regulation of refineries -- Is EPA doing enough?" by Scott Streater, Jeff Claassen and Seth Borenstein

America Association of Sunday and Feature Editors
Top 10 Feature Sections at the association’s annual convention in Denver. It was the first time the association held the contest. The winners were chosen from more than 90 entries.

Texas Associated Press Managing Editors: Headliners Excellence in Journalism Awards:
Investigative Report of the Year, first place, "Regulation of refineries -- Is EPA doing enough?" by Scott Streater, Jeff Claassen and Seth Borenstein
Designer of the Year, first place, sports page design portfolio of Michael Currie

Home of the American League’s Texas Rangers, The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington currently serves as the keystone of the Arlington entertainment district in eastern Tarrant County.

Special Publications: A variety of special sections during the year on topics ranging from baseball to education

Well-Known Newsroom Personalities: Sports senior columnist Randy Galloway

Hispanic Marketplace: In 1994, the Star-Telegram launched La Estrella, a weekly dual-language insert serving the Hispanic community. As the community grew, so did the Spanish-language La Estrella as a stand-alone publication - through its commitment to local and Mexico news, extensive sports coverage and involvement at community events. In 2003, La Estrella became Diario La Estrella when it expanded to a five-day-a-week publication cycle. In 2007, La Estrella became a 40,000 circulation free weekly rack-distributed through the Dallas/Fort Worth market while its companion Spanish-language TMC La Estrella en Casa is carrier-delivered to 90,000-plus Dallas/Fort Worth households.


Website/Digital: The Star-Telegram is the nation's oldest continuously operating online newspaper. The Star-Telegram currently delivers news via its website, breaking news text alerts to cell phones, daily e-mailed newsletters, video coverage of local news and RSS feeds. The website, www.Star-Telegram.com (and its predecessors), has been available electronically since 1982. Star-Telegram.com has more than 1 million registered users and more than 1.3 million monthly unique users with more than 12 million monthly page views. In addition to news and features, it includes several special sections:

Community Involvement: The Star-Telegram supports a broad spectrum of community organizations and events, including its own longstanding holiday charity for children -- the Star-Telegram Goodfellows Fund. The newspaper is a major supporter of United Way, the Cowtown Marathon and 10K Run, virtually all local arts organizations and hundreds of community events and fundraisers each year. In 2006 the Star-Telegram supported more than 500 nonprofit or charitable organizations with donated advertising or cash contributions. Each year the Star-Telegram honors three men, women and volunteer-based organizations of the year based on civic contributions and outstanding community service. The Star-Telegram was honored in New York in 2007, named to The BCA TEN: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America. Newspaper employees also participate in Adopt-A-School programs and are encouraged to volunteer with community organizations.

Academic Sponsorships: The Star-Telegram honors local high school valedictorians and salutatorians each spring with personal profiles for every high school honoree in the paper’s coverage area. Each year, the paper encourages academic achievement by sponsoring the Star-Telegram regional Championship Spelling Bee, in which hundreds of area schools participate. The newspaper also recognizes educators for excellence through its Teacher-of-the-Week feature.

Major Advertisers: Dillard's, Macy’s, Fry’s, Kohl's, JCPenney, Sears, Rooms to Go, Room Store, Ashley Furniture, Lowe's, Plant Shed, Walgreen’s, CVS, Classic Auto Group, Van Tuyl Auto Group, Moritz Auto Group, Don Davis Auto Group, Best Buy, Kroger, Albertson’s, Sprint, Cingular, Verizon, and Academy Sport & Outdoors

The Community

Fort Worth’s premier concert facility is Bass Performance Hall, named for the billionaire family recognized as the city’s most generous philanthropists.

The Market: The Star-Telegram's primary market is the four-county Fort Worth/Arlington Metropolitan Division, which is the western part of the fourth-largest U.S. metro area (Core Based Statistical Area), Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington. On its own, Fort Worth/Arlington would rank among the 30 most populous metro areas.

Location: In north-central Texas, to the west of Dallas and home to half of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Fort Worth sits astride Interstate 35; "The NAFTA Highway" from Mexico to Canada, a vital new trade link; and Interstate 20.

Transportation: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; Amtrak; Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The "T"); Trinity Railway Express; Greyhound Motor Lines; Burlington Northern Santa Fe RR; Union Pacific RR; MKT RR; and Fort Worth & Western Railway



Population (2007 estimate):
Fort Worth/Arlington four-county Metro Division: 2,080,150
Fort Worth city: 686,850
Arlington city: 364,300

Households (2007 estimate):
Fort Worth/Arlington four-county Metro Division: 805,271
Fort Worth city: 270,980
Arlington city: 143,514

Household Growth Rate: 2000-2007: up 21% (plus 3% annualized)
Projected 2006-2011: up 11%.

Ethnic Makeup: White 70.9%; African American 11.8%; Asian/Pacific Islander 3.6%; Other race or two or more races 13.6%; Hispanic (any race) 22.3%

Education completed: 24% college graduates; 31% some college; 25% high school graduates

Median Age: 33.4 years

Annual Household Income: (average) $68,636; (median) $52,823

Annual Consumer Buying Power: (median) $49,700

Median Home Value: Single-family home value, not prices of homes sold: $117,800

Median Rent: $714 a month

Cost of Living Index - 1Q07 (U.S. average = 100): Overall, 88 Housing cost, 76.4

Climate: Temperate. Spring and fall are mild. Summers are hot. Winters are cool with occasional periods of cold and warm temperatures. Thunderstorms average 45 days per year. Average 30 inches of rain and three inches of snow per year.

Major Employers/Industries: American Airlines, Lockheed Martin, Texas Health Resources, Bell Helicopter-Textron, JPMorgan Chase, Countrywide Financial, Fidelity Investments, Alcon, Radio Shack (HQ), Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (HQ) and Albertson’s

Major Retailers: Dillard's, Macy's, Sears, JCPenney, Kohl's, Lowe's, The Home Depot, Best Buy, Circuit City, Fry's, Conn’s Appliances, Radio Shack, Sports Authority, Room Store, Rooms To Go, Ashley Furniture, Wal-Mart Supercenters, Target, CVS Drug, Walgreens, Office Depot and Office Max

Artist rendering of the Dallas Cowboys' football stadium, which hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

Recreation/Activities: Entertaining family and friends; reading; walking for exercise; church activities; home and garden; photography; swimming; jogging; bowling; soccer; bicycling; boating; and water sports and fishing on area lakes in Arlington, Grapevine and Lake Worth/Eagle Mountain Lake

Nightlife: Centered on a revitalized downtown Fort Worth, the city’s Cultural District, the entertainment district in Arlington, and the famed Fort Worth Stockyards entertainment district; concerts at the Bass Performance Hall; the art of Fort Worth’s near-westside Cultural District (including the world class Kimbell, Amon Carter and Modern Art museums). A variety of restaurants, clubs, galleries and live theater venues - even a minor league ballpark -- draw hundreds of thousands to downtown Fort Worth and vicinity. In Arlington, key family attractions include Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (home to Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers), Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor; in Northeast Tarrant, water park NRH20, the Gaylord Texan Resort, and the home to the NFL Dallas Cowboys, currently Texas Stadium in Irving but moving in 2009 to Arlington.

Higher Learning: Texas Christian University; Texas Wesleyan University; the University of Texas at Arlington; the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine; Tarrant County College, with five campuses

Culture: With 109 acres of museum space, second only to Washington, D.C., in terms of accredited museums within walking distance of each other, Fort Worth offers the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Kimbell Art Museum; Amon Carter Museum; Fort Worth Museum of Science & History and its Omni Theatre; National Cowgirl Hall of Fame; Casa Mañana Theater; Will Rogers Memorial Center; Bass Performance Hall; Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; Texas Ballet Theater; Fort Worth Opera; and several small repertory theaters in Arlington, Northeast Tarrant County and Fort Worth.

Sports: The Dallas Cowboys (NFL); the Texas Rangers (MLB); the Dallas Mavericks (NBA); the Dallas Stars (NHL); FC Dallas (MLS); Fort Worth Cats (independent, minor-league baseball); Texas Brahmas (CHL hockey). Texas Motor Speedway in far north Fort Worth offers NASCAR and Indy car racing and is the nation's second-largest sports facility. Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie offers thoroughbred and quarterhorse racing.

Major Annual Events: The famous Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show and Rodeo for two weeks each January; the Cowtown Marathon/10K/5K Run in February; Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival in April; Mayfest each May; numerous equestrian events throughout the year (cutting, paint, etc.); GrapeFest in Grapevine; the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition every four years

Texas Motor Speedway in far North Fort Worth hosts, among other events, one IndyCar and two NASCAR races each year, filling the nation's second-largest sporting facility.

Tourist Attractions: Six Flags Over Texas; Six Flags Hurricane Harbor; Rangers Ballpark in Arlington; the Fort Worth Stockyards, including Billy Bob's Texas, the world's largest honky-tonk; Texas Motor Speedway; the Fort Worth cultural district, including several world-class art institutions; the Fort Worth Zoo and Fort Worth Botanic Gardens; the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall tours and events; Fort Worth Convention Center events

Claim to Fame: Fort Worth is known as the city where the West begins (and the East peters out) and is home of Billy Bob’s Texas, world’s largest honky-tonk and its own indoor rodeo.

Famous Citizens: The billionaire Bass brothers, Indy champion Johnny Rutherford, legendary pianist Van Cliburn, Barry Corbin of "Northern Exposure" and Grammy winner Kirk Franklin. Famous former citizens with local roots include: American Idol Kelly Clarkson, actress Betty Buckley, late singer John Denver, gossip columnist Liz Smith, actor Bill Paxton, actress Janine Turner, blues musician Delbert McClinton and the late actress Greer Garson.

Trivia: Part of one episode of the CBS show "Walker, Texas Ranger" was filmed at the Star-Telegram. Two Star-Telegram writers, the late Jerry Flemmons and Michael Cochran, served as pallbearers for Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963.

Area Information:
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
777 Taylor Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102-4793
817-336-2491
www.FortWorthCOC.org

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(This profile was last updated Jan. 18, 2012)

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