Charles Kenny McClatchy

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This article is about the founder of McClatchy Newspapers. For the American composer, see Charles Kenny.

Charles Kenny McClatchy, better known as C.K. McClatchy (November 1, 1858 – April 27, 1936), was the crusading editor of The Sacramento Bee and a founder of McClatchy Newspapers, the family-owned company that was forerunner to The McClatchy Company.

Charles Kenny McClatchy attended Santa Clara University, where he earned a Masters of Arts in 1901.[1] C.K. took over the Sacramento paper upon the death of his father, James McClatchy, and led it into the 20th century, continuing the newspaper's battles for labor rights; against the abuses of big mining, the railroads, and corrupt government; and fiercely defending a publication's right to editorial freedom. He was instrumental in the founding of The Fresno Bee in 1922 and the establishment of The Modesto Bee with its purchase in 1924.[2]

Another C.K. McClatchy, grandson of the original, was president of McClatchy Newspapers between 1979 and 1989.

C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento, which opened in 1937 about a year after his death, was named in honor of McClatchy.


  1. ^ University of Santa Clara (corporate authorship) (1912). University of Santa Clara: A History, From the Founding of Santa Clara Mission in 1777 to the beginning of the University in 1912. Santa Clara: University Press
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Business positions
Preceded by
James McClatchy
McClatchy President
Succeeded by
Eleanor McClatchy