The Austin American-Statesman is the major daily newspaper for Austin, TX. It is owned by GateHouse Media and ranked about 60th in circulation among daily newspapers,1 reaching about 68% of Central Texans in an average week.
The Statesman also publishes a weekly Spanish-language newspaper, ¡ahora sí!, entertainment site Austin 360, technology news site 512Tech, and partners with the St. Petersburg Times for PolitiFact Texas, which covers issues that are relevant to Texas and the Austin area.
Founded as the tri-weekly Democratic Statesman in 1871 and was originally allied with the state Democratic party. It began daily publication as a morning paper in 1873. After absorbing the Austin Tribune in 1914, it published as the afternoon Austin Statesman and Tribune, then became an evening paper and changed its name to the Austin Evening Statesman in 1916.
A rival paper, the morning Austin American, began in 1914. Waco-based newspapermen Charles E. Marsh and E.S. Fentress bought the American in 1919 and the Evening Statesman in 1924. Merged under one company, the morning and evening papers published separately during the week and combined for a Sunday Austin American Statesman edition. The company continued separate titles until 1973, when all products became the American-Statesman, with four editions daily.
Cox Enterprises acquired the Statesman when it bought the Waco newspaper company in 1976 and became part of the subsidiary Cox Media Group, which joined the corporation’s television, radio, and newspaper assets, in 2008.
On March 6, 2018, the sale of the Statesman to GateHouse Media from Cox Media Group was announced.2 Upon taking over in April, GateHouse said the Statesman would be the “flagship” of the expanding chain, noting its existing 240-employee design and editing hub in Austin.