Idaho Statesman

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Idaho Statesman
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) The McClatchy Company
(since 2006)
PublisherRusty Dodge
EditorChadd Cripe
Founded1864;159 years ago (1864) (as
Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman)
Headquarters10400 Overland Road PMB 385
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Circulation 28,048 Daily
46,897 Sunday(as of 2020) [1]
OCLC number 50144804

The Idaho Statesman is the daily newspaper of Boise, Idaho, in the western United States. It is owned by The McClatchy Company.



The paper was first published as the Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman on July 26, 1864, by James S. Reynolds; it began publication from a log cabin on the current site of Boise City Hall. Reynolds owned and operated the paper for its first eight years, selling to Judge Milton Kelly in 1872. Kelly's 17-year run ended in 1888, with the expansion to daily publication, and a name change: The Idaho Daily Statesman.

That summer, Kelly sold the paper to the Cobb family, which went on to run the paper for 70 years. Calvin Cobb published the Statesman until his death in 1928, when control was transferred to his daughter Margaret Cobb Ailshie. The paper's history site says, "Ailshie insisted on a lively editorial policy, deploring 'a dull newspaper.'" [2]

Cobb Ailshie died in 1959, and general manager James Brown took control of the paper. Federated Publications bought the Idaho Statesman in 1963. It joined five other publications in Washington, Indiana, and Michigan. Federated merged with Gannett in 1971. The paper then relocated operations to Curtis Road in Boise in 1972.


In the early morning of March 21, 2004, the Statesman's pressroom caught on fire, which left two of the newspaper's nine press units severely damaged and two units partially destroyed. Newspapers from other cities chipped in and helped deliver papers to Boise. [3]


After 34 years of ownership, Gannett agreed to sell the Statesman to Knight Ridder on August 3, 2005, along with The Bellingham Herald and The Olympian newspapers in western Washington; McClatchy bought Knight Ridder the following year. On February 13, 2020, parent company McClatchy filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As of that date, they owned 30 newspapers nationwide.

Outsourced printing

In 2008, the Statesman entered into a strategic partnership with the Idaho Press to print the newspaper in Nampa, fifteen miles (25 km) west of Boise. This partnership allowed the Statesman to reduce expenses amidst declining revenues. A decade later in 2018, printing moved to the Times-News in Twin Falls, [4] 120 miles (190 km) southeast of Boise.


Delivery changes

Beginning Oct. 9, 2023, the paper will decrease the number of print edition days to three a week (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays). The week day papers will be delivered via the U.S. Mail. [5]

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