Cover of Merced Sun-Star on May 18, 2006
|Owner(s)||The McClatchy Company|
|Founded||1869 (as San Joaquin Valley Argus)|
|Headquarters||3033 North G St.|
Merced, CA 95341
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. In 1941, the Sun-Star was acquired by Dean Lesher. In 1995, Lesher's heirs sold the Sun-Star and the Madera Tribune to US Media, later renamed Pacific-Sierra Publishing. 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 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.
The Sun-Star also has an online edition at www.mercedsunstar.com offering the latest news, sports, weather and information affecting Merced and Mariposa counties.