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Merced Sun-Star
Merced Sun-Star.jpg
Cover of Merced Sun-Star on May 18, 2006
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner The McClatchy Company
Publisher Debra Kuykendall
Editor Mike Tharp
Founded 1869 (as San Joaquin Valley Argus)
Headquarters 3033 North G St.
Merced, CA 95341
United States
Circulation 15,952 Daily
20,189 Saturday[1]
Official website

The Merced Sun-Star is a daily broadsheet newspaper printed in Merced, California, in the United States. It has an estimated circulation of 20,000 copies. The newspaper is published every day except for Sundays.



The Merced Sun-Star evolved from the San Joaquin Valley Argus, a weekly newspaper based in the nearby city of Snelling which began publishing the paper in 1869. The Argus merged with the Merced Journal in 1890 to become the Merced County Sun. In 1925 another consolidation created the Merced Sun-Star.[1] The newspaper was acquired by the McClatchy Company Newspapers. Currently, the Sun-Star has more than 120 employees that prepare both a print newspaper and an online version.


The Merced Sun-Star is owned by The McClatchy Company, which purchased it in 2004 along with five other non-dailes in Atwater, Chowchilla, Livingston, Los Banos, and Oakhurst.

The Sun-Star's executive editor is Mike Tharp. The newspaper's editorial staff consists of a sports desk as well as a copy and news desk.

The paper is the county's only daily newspaper.


The newspaper has become known for its investigative journalism. A series of articles exposing wrongdoing by the local district attorney ended in the DA's resignation and garnered the newspaper a national Associated Press Managing Editors Association public service award. [2] The stories also won a California First Amendment Coalition Beacon Award, among other distinctions.[3]

Online Newspaper

The Sun-Star also has an online edition [4] offering the latest news, sports, weather and information affecting Merced and Mariposa counties.


  1. ^ "The McClatchy Company Newspapers: Merced Sun-Star". The McClatchy Company. Retrieved 2006-12-27.  

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