The Beaumont Enterprise

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The Beaumont Enterprise
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The Beaumont Enterprise
TypeDaily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Hearst Communications
PublisherMark Adkins
EditorRonnie Crocker
Headquarters380 Main Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
United States
Circulation 21,717 daily
29,492 Sunday [1]

The Beaumont Enterprise is a newspaper of Hearst Communications, headquartered in Beaumont, Texas. [2] It has been in operation since 1880.

Hearst Communications American multinational mass media conglomerate group

Hearst Communications, often referred to simply as Hearst, is an American mass media and business information conglomerate based in New York City.

Beaumont, Texas City in Texas, United States

Beaumont is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Texas, in the United States, within the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located in Southeast Texas on the Neches River about 85 miles (137 km) east of Houston, Beaumont had a population of 117,267 at the time of the 2010 census, making it the thirtieth-most populous city in the state of Texas.


In addition to and the daily newspaper, The Enterprise produces several weeklies—the Jasper Newsboy, the Hardin County News, the Mid County Chronicle, the Orange County News, the Beaumont Journal and the Spanish-language Fronteras, as well as a bi-weekly real estate magazine and two monthly magazines, VIP and Lakecaster.[ citation needed ]

The Enterprise is a perennial winner of the state’s top journalism awards, including the Texas Press Association’s and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ prizes for overall excellence.[ citation needed ]


Enterprise prices are: daily, $2; Sunday/Thanksgiving Day, $3. May be higher outside Jefferson & adjacent counties/states.


John W. Leonard founded the initial Enterprise as a weekly newspaper in 1880. [3] It became a daily under editor W.W. McLeod in 1896 or 1897, to compete with crosstown rival Beaumont Journal [4] (founded 1889). [5]

In 1907, William P. Hobby became manager and part owner of the Enterprise [6] and bought the paper outright in 1920, [7] while Governor of Texas. One of his co-owners was general manager/associate publisher James Mapes. [8] According to the Texas State Historical Association, the Enterprise "attained national stature" under Mapes' leadership — He came to the newspaper in 1908 and rose to ownership by 1931. [5]

William P. Hobby American politician; Governor of Texas, 1917-1921

William Pettus Hobby was known as the publisher/owner of the Beaumont Enterprise when he entered politics and the Democratic Party. Elected in 1914 as Lieutenant Governor of Texas, in 1917 he succeeded to become 27th Governor of the U.S. state of Texas, after James Edward "Pa" Ferguson was impeached and forced to resign. In 1918 Hobby won the office in his own right, serving a full term.

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In 1918, Waco-based newspapermen Charles E. Marsh and E.S. Fentress purchased the crosstown competitor Beaumont Journal. Buying two other nearby papers (the weekly Port Arthur News [9] and the daily Orange Leader ), the pair boosted the Journal circulation and eventually Hobby bought the Journal. [10]

The Orange Leader is a morning newspaper published Wednesdays and Saturdays in Orange, Texas, covering Orange County. It is owned by Boone Newspapers.

Operating separately under the same company for many years, the Enterprise and Journal merged in 1983. [5] The Hearst Corporation acquired the Enterprise from the Jefferson-Pilot insurance company's publications arm in 1984. [11] [12]

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  7. Texas Paper Is In New Hands (Jan. 17, 1920)
  8. Beaumont "Enterprise" Ownership Changed
  9. Port Arthur News history, accessed January 20, 2007.
  10. Kopper, Philip; Dillon, Peggy (2000). Anonymous Giver: A life of Charles E. Marsh. Washington, D.C.: Public Welfare Foundation. pp. 30–31. OCLC   46697161.
  11. Jefferson-Pilot Corp. to sell three newspapers
  12. The Reign of S.F.'s `Monarch of the Dailies' / Hearst media empire started with Examiner