The Full Wiki

More info on The Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Bee: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Sacramento Bee front page.jpg
The July 27, 2005 front page of
The Sacramento Bee
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner The McClatchy Company
Publisher Cheryl Dell[1]
Editor Melanie Sill
Founded 1857 (as The Daily Bee)
Headquarters 2100 Q Street
Sacramento, California 95819
 United States
Circulation 279,032 Daily
324,613 Sunday[2]
Official website

The Sacramento Bee is a daily newspaper published in Sacramento, California, in the United States. Since its creation in 1857, the Bee has become Sacramento's largest newspaper, the fifth largest newspaper in California, and the 25th largest paper in the U.S.[2] It is distributed in the upper Sacramento Valley, with a total circulation area that spans about 12,000 square miles (31,000 km2): south to Stockton, California, north to the Oregon border, east to Reno, Nevada and west to the San Francisco Bay Area.[3][4]

The Bee is the flagship of the nationwide McClatchy Company.[3] Its "Scoopy Bee" mascot[5], created by Walt Disney in 1943, has been used by all three Bee newspapers (Sacramento, Modesto, and Fresno).[3]



Under the name The Daily Bee, the first issue of the newspaper was published on February 3, 1857, proudly boasting that "the object of [the Sacramento Bee] is not only independence, but permanence."[3] At this time, the Bee was in competition with The Sacramento Union, a newspaper founded in 1851. Although the Bee soon surpassed the Union in popularity, the Union survived until its closing in 1994, leaving the Sacramento Bee to be the longest running newspaper in Sacramento's history.

Although the first editor of The Sacramento Bee was Rollin Ridge, James McClatchy took over the position by the end of the first week.

Also within a week of its creation, the Bee uncovered a state scandal which led to the impeachment of Know Nothing California State Treasurer Henry Bates.[6]


21st century

On March 13, 2006, The McClatchy Company announced their agreement to purchase Knight Ridder, the United States' second largest chain of daily newspapers. The purchase price of $4.5 billion in cash and stock will give McClatchy thirty-two daily newspapers in 29 markets, with a total circulation of 3.3 million.[7]

On February 3, 2007, the paper celebrated its 150th anniversary. In every newspaper they included a copy of the original paper. On February 4, 2007, they included a 120-page section about their history from their founding to today.

On July 29, 2008, the Sacramento Bee redesigned and changed its format. The Opinion Pages were added to the main news section of the paper; Metro and Business were combined to form "Our Region" and the name of the lifestyle section was changed from "Scene" to "Living Here."

On May 21, 2009, the newspaper published an early version editoral that highly criticized Californians for voting against most of the ballot propositions in a special election. After numerous negative comments were posted by readers, the editorial was taken off the website and replaced with a final version of the editorial. A message stated that the early version of the editorial was posted in error.[8]


The Sacramento Bee has won five Pulitzer Prizes in its history. It has won numerous other awards, including many for its progressive public service campaigns promoting free speech (the Bee often criticized government policy, and uncovered many scandals hurting Californians), anti-racism (the Bee supported the Union during the American Civil War and publicly denounced the Ku Klux Klan), worker's rights (the Bee has a strong history of supporting unionization), and environmental protection (leading numerous tree-planting campaigns and fighting against environmental destruction in the Sierra Nevada). A full list of recent major awards won by the Bee can be found here.


  1. ^ "Executive Leadership". Sacramento Bee. 2006-12-04. Retrieved 14 December 2009.  
  2. ^ a b "2007 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation" (PDF). BurrellesLuce. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2007-05-29.  
  3. ^ a b c d History of The Sacramento Bee from the newspaper's website
  4. ^ Profile of The Sacramento Bee from The McClatchy Company website
  5. ^ Lessons from Scoopy Bee, from Etaoin Shrdlu, the blogspot-based blog for McClatchy editors
  6. ^ Richardson, Darcy G. Others: Third-Party Politics from the Nation's Founding to the Rise and Fall of the Greenback-Labor Party. iUniverse: 2004; p. 206.
  7. ^ Katharine Q. Seelye and Andrew Ross Sorkin, "Newspaper Chain Agrees to a Sale for $4.5 Billion", The New York Times, March 13, 2006.
  8. ^ Patrick Gleason, "Stay Classy Sacramento....Bee", Americans for Tax Reform, May 21, 2009.

External links


Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address