The State Journal (Frankfort)

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The State Journal
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Frankfort Newsmedia
(Boone Newspapers)
Founder(s)John Meloan
PublisherSteve Stewart [1]
General managerCatherine Boone [2]
News editorChanda Veno [3]
FoundedJanuary 7, 1900;120 years ago (1900-01-07)
City Frankfort, Kentucky
CountryUnited States

The State Journal is a midsize daily broadsheet newspaper mainly serving Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, and Franklin County. As of 2020 the paper prints Tuesday through Friday plus one weekend edition. [4] and has a circulation of 6,100–7,300. [5]


Due to financial stresses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the newspaper reduced their print schedule to twice a week and beefed up their online delivery and services. [6]

The editor Chanda Veno, who has held the position since December 2018, is the first female editor in the paper's lengthy history (founded in 1900). [3] Carl West, a graduate of University of Kentucky (1966) [7] and member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (2003), was the longtime editor of the newspaper, serving from 1979 to 2012. [8]


In 1900, John Meloan established The Kentucky State Journal, an eight-page, six-column Democratic morning daily. [4] In 1908, Graham Vreeland established the Frankfort News. [9] In 1911, both papers united to become The Frankfort News-Journal and was renamed The State Journal in 1912. [4]

The Perry family ran the newspaper up until 1962, when it was bought by the Dix family of Wooster, Ohio. Operating as Frankfort Publishing Co., L.L.C., a subsidiary of Dix Communications, Albert E. Dix was publisher, followed by his children Troy Dix and Ann Dix Maenza through 2015. [5] At that time, the paper was purchased by Frankfort Newsmedia LLC, an affiliate of Boone Newspapers Inc. [10]

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