About Us

The Modesto Bee

1325 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354

The Paper

Vision: The Modesto Bee is our area's premier source of news and information, and the leading provider of advertising options in the communities we serve. We produce top-quality, intensely local digital and print products 365 days per year — and have for more than a century.

Legacy of Service in our Community: The Modesto Bee, under various names and ownership, has been published daily since 1884, when the paper was known as the Daily Evening News. In 1924 The Daily News merged with the Modesto News-Herald and became the Modesto News-Herald. The newspaper was purchased by the McClatchy family in 1924, becoming the family’s third newspaper after The Sacramento Bee and The Fresno Bee, and officially became The Modesto Bee and News-Herald in 1933. The name was shortened to The Modesto Bee in 1975.

Circulation Area:  The Modesto Bee is delivered to homes and business in six counties. They are Stanislaus County (the primary market), southern San Joaquin County, Merced County, Tuolumne County, Calaveras County and parts of Mariposa County.


Key Executives

Ken Riddick, Publisher and President

Joe Kieta, Senior Vice President of News and Editor

Tim Ritchey, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Leigh Bisaro, Employee Relations and Training Director


Key Numbers


• 154,532 daily

• 180,816 Sunday


• 60,595 daily

• 72,680 Sunday

Carrier Force: Contractors

Website: www.modbee.com

Average Monthly Page Views/Unique Visitors:

• 6.25 million page views

• 890,000 unique visitors

Audience & Reach:

• In an average 7day week, 260,797 adults (70% of all adults in Stanislaus County) read The Modesto Bee in print and online.

Each week The Modesto Bee is  read by:

• 35% of Stanislaus County  households with incomes of  $75,000 or higher

• 63% of Stanislaus County  homeowners

• 55% of Stanislaus County  adults with a college education

• 48% of Stanislaus  County adults aged 3549

Stanislaus County most populous cities (2011) :

• Modesto, 206,714; Turlock, 69,651; Ceres, 44,183; Riverbank, 20,952;  Patterson, 20,302