The San Antonio Express-News is the third-largest daily newspaper in the state of Texas. Owned by the Hearst Corporation, the newspaper has been a source of information for the city of San Antonio and has documented the Lone Star State’s rich and diverse history, with offices in Austin, Brownsville, Laredo, and Mexico City. With a circulation of 238,149 on weekdays and 342,709 on Sundays, it serves features on local, state, national, and international news as well as sports, business, politics, and community events.
Initially launched in 1865 as a weekly tabloid by H. Pollmar and Augst Siemering, The San Antonio Express transitioned into a true daily publication in December 1866, embracing Associated Press (AP) dispatches. In 1875, Siemering sold his interest in the Express, and in 1878, Frank Grice took over as editor. However, competition with the San Antonio Herald led to the paper’s closure in 1879. Nonetheless, the Express persevered as Grice, in 1886, partnered with E.A. Siceluff, reorganizing the business into the Express Publishing Company. By the late 1880s, a Monday edition was introduced, making the Express a seven-day paper. Despite Grice’s passing in 1906, the publication endured. In 1918, the Express Publishing Company expanded by launching the Evening News. In 1924, William Randolph Hearst acquired the Evening Light, a rival to the Express. Following the 1950 merger of the Express and the Evening, Harte, Hanks Communications acquired the Express Publishing Company in 1962. In 1973, Rupert Murdoch took ownership of the Express and merged it with the Evening News to create the Express-News. The year 1992 marked a monumental point as the Hearst Corporation closed the San Antonio Light and acquired the Express-News.
The Express’s political endorsement history is not confined to a singular affiliation. In the 2016 presidential general election, the newspaper threw its weight behind Hillary Clinton. The Express-News endorsed Marco Rubio during the Republican presidential primary. In 2008 they backed Arizona Senator John McCain in the election and showed support for the candidacy of George W. Bush in both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. However, according to the siteAllSides, the San Antonio Express-News earned a ranking of “Center”, declaring that the source is not “totally unbiased, neutral, perfectly reasonable, or credible”. As of October 2023, those members who disagreed with the “Center” rating think that the source has a Lean Left bias.
One defining characteristic of the San Antonio Express-News is its deep-rooted connection with the military community. The newspaper resonates with readers who are part of the military scene, offering them insights into service, return dates, and army-related news. Over the years, it has garnered recognition. In 2015, photographers Bob Owen, Jerry Lara, and Lisa Kranz were named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for their documentation of Central American migrants. Furthermore, reporters Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje and Aaron Nelson claimed second place in international news coverage at the 81st Annual National Headliner Awards, while photographer Bob Owen secured second place in the Feature Photography category.
In 1922, Express-News ventured into radio, and came to own and operate the radio station WOAI. In subsequent years it acquired radio stations KYFM in 1947, KTSA in 1949, and KGBS Radio-Television in 1954, later renaming it to KENS.
The San Antonio Express-News has an online presence that consists of both the subscription version of the Express-News and the ad-supported mySA for digital access.
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