The McClatchy Company
The Fresno Bee
1626 E Street
Fresno, CA 93786


The Paper

Mission Statement/Motto: To inform and advocate for the enhancement of life in the Valley.

Founded: The Fresno Bee was first published on Oct. 17, 1922 with Carlos K. McClatchy as the editor. Carlos was the grandson of James McClatchy, a founding editor of The Sacramento Bee, and son of C.K. McClatchy, who ran The Sacramento Bee from 1923 to 1936. The Fresno Bee started as an afternoon paper and became a morning newspaper on Dec. 6, 1976.

Key Executives:
William Fleet, Publisher & President
Betsy Lumbye, Executive Editor & Senior Vice President
John Coakley, Senior Vice President, Sales and Strategic Marketing
Tom Cullinan, Vice President, Circulation
Jim Boren, Editorial Page Editor & Vice President
Stephen Dana, Vice President, Interactive Media
Jeff Gledhill, Vice President, Operations
Ken Hatfield, Vice President, Community Relations and Senior Circulation Manager
Valerie Bender, Vice President, Custom Publications, McClatchy California Newspapers
Laura Janigian, Vice President, Human Resources
Walt Kletke, Regional Vice President, Finance
Betty Linn, Sierra Star Publisher

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Distinction: The Fresno Bee is the primary news source for the central San Joaquin Valley, covering a six-county area that is one of the fastest growing regions in the state. The Fresno Bee's website,, is the most-visited website in the region.

Market: Fresno County is in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley and anchors the six-county Fresno/Visalia DMA composed of Fresno, Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties. Fresno County's fast-growing population is one of the most diverse in the nation and is expected to approach 1 million in 2010.

Revelers play catch and other traditional games in celebration of the Hmong New Year.

Circulation Area: The Bee's circulation area covers approximately 18,000 square miles. For 15 consecutive years, The Fresno Bee has ranked first in penetration of its Newspaper Designated Market among all California newspapers with more than 100,000 circulation.

Customers: Each week, The Fresno Bee (print and online) reaches 68% of adults in Fresno County. Newspaper readership ranks even higher as age, income and education increase.

Site: The Fresno Bee has been in its location adjacent to the downtown business district since 1975.

Readership (print and online): 380,700 daily; 493,500 Sunday; 612,900 weekly

Circulation: 142,688 daily; 167,184 Sunday.

Size: 48 pages daily; 108 pages Sunday.

Single-Copy Sales: 11% daily; 14% Sunday

Production: Three Flexoman presses, 18 units and 18 reel stands, installed in 1991.

Color: Capacity to run 16 full-color pages and 12 spot-color pages in a 72-page newspaper.

Newspaper Website:

Average Monthly Page Views/Unique Visitors: receives 4.5 million monthly page views and an average of 700,000 unique monthly visitors.

Other Websites: is the home of The Fresno Bee's blogs. The main page is devoted to its Features staff and covers pop culture, entertainment and all things Fresno. Other pages are (Sports reporter blogs) and (columnist Bill McEwen, Business, Political Notebook, Earth Log, Health Log and Ask the Editors). is the site for The Sierra Star of Oakhurst; and is the site for Vida en el Valle, The Fresno Bee's bilingual Spanish publication. is a community-based site focused on entertainment, the city's growth and has a young deomographic; is the place for moms to share experiences and photos, get and give advice and plan family fun; focuses on news of the city of Clovis.

Employees: 273 full-time and 79 part-time employees.

Newsroom Staff: 84 full-time employees.

Bureaus: A state Capitol bureau reporter and a regional bureau in Visalia. The Bee shares a Washington, D.C., bureau staff writer.

Snow caps the Sierra Nevada mountains and clouds hug the foothills to provide a dramatic backdrop to the downtown Fresno skyline.

Major Awards:

Fresno Bee reporters and photographers were recognized in two journalism contests for work published in 2008.

Reporter Donald Munro was honored in the Best of the West competition with a second-place award in arts and entertainment writing for his May 4 story "Wonder Boy" about William Saroyan. The story was the first in a month-long series marking the author's centennial.

The Bee also earned second-place honors in four categories of The Associated Press California/Nevada Newswriting and Photo Contest. Marek Warszawski was honored for his Feb. 17 story "Tragedy in the backcountry" about two skiers caught in an avalanche in Sequoia National Park. The staff was recognized for its April 17 story "Roosevelt officer attacked, kills teen" about a shooting at a Fresno high school. And John Walker and Tomas Ovalle won photo categories.

The Bee routinely wins awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association contest, and the most recent was no exception; nine first- or second-place awards in its 75,001- to 200,000-circulation division. First place awards included Public Service (George Hostetter's report that detailed how California State University, Fresno, misdirected matching gifts to athletic programs) and Special Issue ("Fighting for Air," which published Dec. 16, 2007, and continued the Bee's award-winning coverage of Valley air issues that started with the 2002 special report, "Last Gasp." Also, Vide en el Valle won three awards in the CNPA contest.

"Fighting for Air" produced more awards -- a second place in the APNEC Fairbanks Public Service category and an award of excellence from the Society for News Design for a board game artist John Alvin designed as the centerpiece of the section. "Smogbusters" tested readers with questions about air pollution. An online version of the project is at

Bee reporters are often honored in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest. Andy Boogaard won first place in Breaking News for the paper's circulation category for a 2007 story on a fraudulent college entrance exam, and columnist Matt James has produced two fourth-place finishes in Column Writing for the division in his first three years at the paper.

The Fresno Bee's website,, was a finalist for the 2008 Digital Edgie for Best Overall News Site. In 2007, won a Digital Edgie for its John Muir Trail project; received a Biving Report honor as one of the top 10 U.S. online newspaper sites; and was named an Online Journalism Award finalist for community service website for its Crime Map (

The website won third place in the Best of the West online enterprise reporting competition for its John Muir Trail project. The project at featured stories, galleries, interactive and blog entries from four reporters who shared their experiences of hiking the John Muir Trail in the summer of 2006.

Major Advertisers: Kmart, Sears, Macy’s, Save Mart, JC Penney, Vons, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kohl’s, London Properties, Guarantee Real Estate, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Big 5, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Target, Selma Auto, Michael Automotive, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, Table Mountain Casino, Tachi Palace, Mattressland.

Creative Ventures: The Fresno Bee’s direct marketing initiatives, specialty publications and innovations include:

Special Publications: Among many are:

Well-Known Newsroom Personalities: Local columnist Bill McEwen, Editorial Page Editor Jim Boren, sports columnist Matt James, music writer and lifestyle columnist Mike Osegueda, food columnist Joan Obra, movie reviewers Rick Bentley and Donald Munro and religion writer Ron Orozco.

Community Involvement: The Fresno Bee and its community publications have a long history of partnering with organizations and groups that significantly and positively impact the quality of life.

Each year, The Fresno Bee provides assistance to nonprofit organizations in the Valley whose missions fit within seven areas of emphasis: arts, youth, diversity, social services, environment, literacy, education and community services.

In addition, the Bee has created several signature projects that support the community:

The Fresno Bee is a supporter -- and participant -- in many of the Valley’s most successful events, including The Big Fresno Fair, Fresno Historical Society's Civil War Reenactment, Grizzlies Baseball, Fresno Philharmonic, Fresno Grand Opera, Radio Bilingue’s Mariachi Festival and CSUF Vintage Days.

The Community

A sign marking downtown Fresno spans the width of Van Ness Avenue.
Market: Fresno County, the 10th most populous in the state, is the commercial, educational, and financial trade center of Central California and is the No. 1 agricultural economy in the world. Agriculture laid the groundwork for success, but more recently growth has come from the migrations from the state’s coastal areas due to more affordable living conditions. As many migrate to Fresno County from the bigger centers of the San Francisco Bay Area or the Los Angeles Basin, Fresno’s economy continues its fast growth and diversification.

Location: Centrally located, Fresno is the only city in the nation to serve as a gateway to three national parks: Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia. The city is within easy driving distance to the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe and the three national parks. Its central location and affordable real estate has made Fresno attractive to people and companies alike.

Transportation: The major highways serving the county are highways 99 and 41 in the north-south direction, and highways 180 and 168 in the east-west direction. The city is also served by airline, train and bus services. Fresno is home to many trucking companies serving the state and nation.

City Population: The Fresno/Clovis metro area boasts a population 674,890.

City Households: 231,200

Household Growth Rate:
The Fresno MSA* is projected to grow its households by 8.3% by the year 2014.
Total population is projected to grow by 9.8% by the year 2014

(*Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the Federal Government, is Fresno County)

High School Graduates: 20.7%
Some College: 29%
College Graduate: 12.5%
Post-College: 5.8%

Ethnic Makeup:
White (Non-Hispanic): 34.7%
African-American (Non-Hispanic): 8%
Asian (Non-Hispanic): 5%
Other (Non-Hispanic): 3.5%
Hispanic: 48.8%

Median Age: 30.9 years

Average Income: $64,156

Median Home Value: $233,000

Average Rent: $842 per month for two-bedroom apartment.

Thompson seedless grapes are laid out on paper trays to dry into raisins during the annual grape harvest. Almost all of America's raisins are produced in Fresno County.

Climate: Fresno is sunny and dry in the summer and cool in the winter. Mid-summer temperatures can occasionally top 100 degrees, but low humidity and gentle breezes help to make the high temperatures more bearable. Average rainfall is 11 inches with an average high temperature of 54 degrees in January and 98 degress in July.

Major Employers/Industries: Pelco, Inc., a leading maker of video security systems, has a campus in Clovis; Ruiz Food Products, Inc. boasts nearly 2,000 employees in Dinuba; major distribution centers for Gap and (in Porterville) Walmart; California State University, Fresno, and University of California, Merced; many food processors (owing to the Valley's role as the bread basket of the nation) including Foster Farms, Zacky Farms, Sun-Maid Growers, JG Boswell Company and Del Monte; manufacturers that include Quinn Group, Inc. (ag, industrial and construction equipment) and Sunrise Medical (wheelchairs); Internal Revenue Service; Lemoore Naval Air Station; major call centers including Bank of America and (in Visalia) CIGNA; health-care providers including Community Medical Centers, Children's Hospital Central California, Saint Agnes Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Hanford-based Adventist Health and Visalia-based Kaweah Delta; publishers Jostens (in Visalia) and Quebecor World (in Merced); five casinos.

Major Retailers: Best Buy, Costco, CVS Pharmacy, The Home Depot, JC Penney, Kohl's, Lowe's, Macy's, Rite Aid, Save Mart Supermarkets, Target, Vons, Walgreen's and WalMart.

Higher Learning: California State University, Fresno -- or "Fresno State"; Fresno City College; Fresno Pacific University; San Joaquin College of Law; Reedley College; West Hills College; College of the Sequoias; Porterville College; University of California, Merced; Merced College.

Culture: Fresno is home to numerous museums, including the African-American Museum, Arte Américas, Kearney Mansion, Fresno Art Museum, Meux Home and, in Hanford, The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture.

Fresno is also home to the renowned Fresno Philharmonic as well as the Fresno Grand Opera, Fresno Filmworks, The Fresno Dixieland Society, monthly Thursday ArtHop, Rouge Performance Festival, Forestiere Underground Gardens, Chaffee Zoo and the CSU Fresno Summer Arts Festival.

Fresno's Save Mart Center has quickly become one of the nation's busiest concert arenas, bringing in performers not seen elsewhere on the West Coast such as Andrea Bocelli.

Sports: Fresno State - 2008 College World Series baseball champions and nationally ranked in many sports in NCAA Division I.
Fresno Pacific - Three straight (and counting) NAIA national volleyball championships, plus nationally ranked in baseball and basketball
Fresno Grizzlies - Pacific Coast League AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants
Fresno Monsters - junior hockey
Fresno Fuego - Premier Development League soccer
Auto racing - Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway, Madera Speedway, Kings Speedway and Chowchilla Speedway
High schools - Buchanan High in Clovis hosts the state track and field championships; Woodward Park in Fresno has hosted the state cross country championships from their inception
Track and field - Run for the Dream indoor meet each winter at the Save Mart Center; North American Pole Vault Championships each August outdoors in Old Town Clovis
Youth/recreation sports - Many organizations take advantage of Fresno's central location and excellent facilities to host championship events.

Major Annual Events: The Big Fresno Fair, the Clovis Rodeo, World Ag Expo at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Blossom and Fruit Trails, Hmong International New Year, Concerts in the Park, Viva El Mariachi Festival, Civil War Reenactment at Kearney Mansion, Clovis Big Hat Days, CSUF Vintage Days; Cinco de Mayo Festival, Selma Raisin Festival, Sudz in the City, Kingsburg Swedish Festival, Rumble to the Summit, High Sierra Regatta at Huntington Lake, North American Pole Vault Championships, Arte Américas Nights in the Plaza, Fulton Plaza Thursdays, Christmas Tree Lane and Fresno Autorama.

Horsetail Falls in Yosemite Valley becomes a "firefall" for about one week a year each February when the atmospheric conditions and the sunset align just right to create the illusion that fire - instead of water - is pouring over the cliffs.

Tourist Attractions: Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks, Chaffee Zoo, Discovery Center, Forestiere Underground Gardens, Rotary Storyland and Playland, Wild Water Adventures, Island Waterpark, Shinzen Japanese Garden, Downing Planetarium, Chukchansi Park baseball stadium in downtown Fresno and the Save Mart Center at Fresno State.

Recreation: Fresno is a unique city surrounded by three national parks: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Year-round visitors can enjoy guided tours, hiking, bird watching, camping, mountain climbing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, swimming and more. Winter visitors enjoy cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding and ice skating.

In addition, Fresno boasts 47 parks that offer a wide variety of outdoor activities. From the 300-acre Woodward Park, which includes the 2,500-seat Rotary Theater and the popular Shinzen Japanese Garden, to Roeding Park, which features the Chaffee Zoo, Rotary Playland and Storyland, the Fresno area is a virtual playground. Fresno County has more lakes than any other county in the state. There are baseball and softball fields, volleyball and tennis courts, swimming pools and skate parks in the area’s other public parks.

The San Joaquin River, second-longest in California, forms in the High Sierra above Fresno and winds past the city's northern boundary on its way to the west side of the Valley and on to the Delta. The San Joaquin River Parkway Trust is a leader in making the riverbanks a prime recreation location for walking, biking, fishing and preserving the river itself. A move starting in the fall of 2009 to send more water down the river has given hope that it someday will have a healthy, year-round natural flow to the Delta and might possibly restore the historic salmon fishery.

Nightlife: Fresno supports an eclectic mix of neighborhoods including The Tower District, Woodward Park, River Park, Downtown Fresno, Sunnyside, Old Fig Garden and more. Each neighborhood offers a variety of bars, restaurants, live music venues and shops unique to Fresno.

Claim to Fame and Fun Trivia about Fresno:

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