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The Fresno Bee
The Fresno Bee front page.jpg
The July 27, 2005 front page of
The Fresno Bee
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner The McClatchy Company
Publisher William H. Fleet
Editor Betsy Lumbye
Founded 1922
Headquarters 1626 E Street
Fresno, California 93786
 United States
Circulation 157,546 Daily
180,043 Sunday[1]
ISSN 0889-6070
Official website FresnoBee.com

The Fresno Bee is the daily newspaper serving Fresno, California and surrounding counties in that U.S. state's San Joaquin Valley. It is owned by The McClatchy Company and ranks fourth in circulation among the company's newspapers.

The Fresno Bee was founded in 1922 by the McClatchy brothers Charles Kenny (C.K.) and Valentine Stuart (V.S.), sons of The Sacramento Bee's second editor James McClatchy.[2] C.K.'s only son Carlos McClatchy became The Fresno Bee's first editor.[3] The two Central Valley newspapers, closely linked by family ownership and editorial philosophy, formed the core of what later grew into The McClatchy Company. In 1926, the McClatchys purchased an older Fresno newspaper, The Republican. The Fresno Republican had been founded in 1876, by Dr. Chester A. Rowell and a group of investors that included inventor and entrepreneur Frank Dusy. In 1932, The Bee took over the subscription lists of The Fresno Republican and merged the newspapers.

The paper launched its website in 1996; in November 2005, the paper integrated its online operations into the paper's other departments. The Bee was following the example of The New York Times and other newspapers hoping to combine the creative strengths of the worlds of digital and print journalism.

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