About the Fresno Bee

1626 E Street
Fresno, CA 93786
(559) 441-6111


The Fresno Bee is the primary news source for the central San Joaquin Valley, covering a six-county area that is one of the fastest-growing regions in California. The Fresno Bee’s website is the most-visited website in the region.

Mission Statement: To inform and advocate for the enhancement of life in the Valley.

Coverage Area: Fresno County is in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley and anchors the six-county Fresno/Visalia DMA composed of Fresno, Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties. Fresno County’s fast-growing population – nearly 1 million in 2019 – is one of the most diverse in the nation.

Circulation Area: The Fresno Bee’s circulation area covers approximately 18,000 square miles. For 15 consecutive years, The Bee has ranked first in penetration of its Newspaper Designated Market among all California newspapers with more than 100,000 circulation.

Customers: Each week, The Fresno Bee’s print and online products reach 68% of adults in Fresno County. Newspaper readership ranks higher as age, income and education increase.

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Community Involvement: The Fresno Bee and its community publications have a long history of partnering with organizations and groups that significantly and positively impact the quality of life.

Each year, The Fresno Bee provides assistance to nonprofit organizations in the Valley whose missions fit within seven areas of emphasis: arts, youth, diversity, social services, environment, literacy, education and community services. In addition, the Bee has created several signature projects that support the community:

  • More than $9 million has been raised for Valley Children’s Healthcare with the annual Kids Day events.
  • Reader donations help fulfill these needs and support local nonprofits in their mission to serve the community.

Founded: The Fresno Bee was first published on Oct. 17, 1922, with Carlos K. McClatchy as the editor. Carlos was the grandson of James McClatchy, a founding editor of The Sacramento Bee, and son of C.K. McClatchy, who ran The Sacramento Bee from 1923 to 1936. The Fresno Bee started as an afternoon paper and became a morning newspaper on Dec. 6, 1976. The Fresno Bee today is owned by McClatchy, one of the nation’s leading media companies, headquartered in Sacramento.

Key Executives

Tim Ritchey, Publisher & President

Joe Kieta, Editor

Mari Wylie, Financial Planning and Analysis Lead

Mark Ochinero, Regional Human Resources Manager