Merced Sun-Star

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Merced Sun-Star
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Cover of Merced Sun-Star on May 18, 2006
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)The McClatchy Company
PublisherTim Ritchey
EditorJoe Kieta
Founded1869 (as San Joaquin Valley Argus)
Headquarters1190 W. Olive Avenue, Suite F
Merced, CA 95348
United States
OCLC number20681689

The Merced Sun-Star is a daily broadsheet newspaper printed in Merced, California, in the United States. 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] In 1941, the Sun-Star was acquired by Dean Lesher.[2] In 1995, Lesher's heirs sold the Sun-Star and the Madera Tribune to US Media, later renamed Pacific-Sierra Publishing.[3][4] The newspaper was acquired by The McClatchy Company in 2004. 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 non-dailes in Atwater, Chowchilla, Livingston, Los Banos, and Oakhurst.[5]

The Sun-Star's editor is Joe Kieta.

The paper is the county's only daily newspaper, although it is not the county's only newspaper. Merced County is also served by the Merced County Times, a weekly paper published each Thursday by Mid-Valley Publications.

Online newspaper[edit]

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


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