Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The front page of the
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 30, 2024
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)The McClatchy Company[1]
PublisherSteve Coffman
EditorSteve Coffman[2]
Founded1906 (as Fort Worth Star)
Political alignmentConservative
Headquarters808 Throckmorton St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Circulation43,342 (as of 2023)[3]
ISSN0889-0013 Edit this at Wikidata

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is an American daily newspaper serving Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the western half of the North Texas area known as the Metroplex. It is owned by The McClatchy Company.[4]


In May 1905, Amon G. Carter accepted a job as an advertising space salesman in Fort Worth. A few months later, he agreed to help finance and run a new newspaper in town. The Fort Worth Star printed its first newspaper on February 1, 1906, with Carter as the advertising manager,[citation needed] and Louis J. Wortham as its first editor.[5]

The Star lost money, and was in danger of going bankrupt when Carter had an audacious idea: raise additional money and purchase his newspaper's main competition, the Fort Worth Telegram. In November 1908, the Star purchased the Telegram for $100,000, and the two newspapers combined on January 1, 1909, into the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

From 1923 until after World War II, the Star-Telegram was distributed over one of the largest circulation areas of any newspaper in the South, serving not just Fort Worth but also West Texas, New Mexico and western Oklahoma. The newspaper created WBAP in 1922 and Texas' first television station, WBAP-TV, in 1948.[6]


The Star-Telegram's circulation area is the Fort Worth/Arlington metro area (four counties) and 14 surrounding counties. The newspaper's primary market is the four-county Fort Worth/Arlington metro area, as well as the Dallas and Fort Worth suburb of Grand Prairie. The Fort Worth/Arlington metro area is the western part of the fourth-largest U.S. metropolitan area, the Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Combined Statistical Area. Fort Worth/Arlington ranks 29th most populous as a metro area.[7]

Pulitzer prizes

Online presence

The Star-Telegram is the nation's oldest continuously operating online newspaper.[8][citation needed] StarText, an ASCII-based service, was started in 1982 and eventually integrated into the paper's current website,


The newspaper's "Titletown, TX" video series earned three 2017 Lone Star Emmys, the first in Star-Telegram history, and an award for excellence and innovation in visual storytelling from the 2017 Online Journalism Awards.

In 2006 the Star-Telegram won the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Award for General Excellence, Class IV.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Our Markets". McClatchy Company. Archived from the original on April 10, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Star-Telegram editor promoted2018".
  3. ^ "2023 Texas Newspaper Directory". Texas Press Association. Archived from the original on May 3, 2023. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  4. ^ "McClatchy | Markets". November 3, 2021. Archived from the original on November 3, 2021. Retrieved April 12, 2023.
  5. ^ "Louis J. Wortham Helped Star-Telegram Take Root". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. October 30, 1949. p. 407. Retrieved February 24, 2023 – via
  6. ^ "Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection: A Guide". University of Texas Library. Archived from the original on September 11, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "The McClatchy Company - Newspaper Profiles". McClatchy Company. Archived from the original on November 9, 2006. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Outing, Steve (August 28, 1995). "Oldest Newspaper BBS Makes Transition to the Web – Editor & Publisher". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards: 2006 Winners and Finalists". University of Missouri. October 24, 2006. Retrieved December 25, 2018.

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