The Beaumont Enterprise
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The July 27, 2005 front page of
The Beaumont Enterprise
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Hearst Communications
PublisherClarice Touhey
EditorRonnie Crocker
Headquarters380 Main Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
United States
Circulation21,717 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.

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]

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]

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]


  1. ^ "Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. Archived from the original on 2012-10-27. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  2. ^ "Contact Us." The Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved on August 20, 2010.
  3. ^ Kleiner, Diana J. "Beaumont Enterprise". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  4. ^ "125 Years in Print: Pages Bronzed by Time" (PDF). Beaumont Enterprise. November 6, 2005. p. A6.
  5. ^ a b c Beaumont Enterprise
  6. ^ William P. Hobby Jr. "Hobby, William Pettus". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  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