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