About Us

More than a Century of journalism

The State Media Company was founded on February 18, 1891 by the Gonzales brothers (N.G., Ambrose and William). The name and the state tree, the Palmetto, which accompanies the name, symbolized the brothers’ commitment to the state of South Carolina.

Sons of an aristocratic planter’s daughter and a Cuban revolutionary who also was a Confederate colonel, the Gonzales brothers wanted to create a powerful voice and led the newspaper to become the largest and most influential in the state.

The newspaper was family-owned until 1986, when it was purchased by Knight Ridder. It was bought by The McClatchy Company in 2006.

South Carolina’s leading news source

The State Media Company publishes The State newspaper, which is the largest newspaper in the Palmetto State with a daily circulation of 77,102 and a Sunday circulation of 120,000.  With 1.3 million unique visitors a month, TheState.com along with the award-winning GoGamecocks.com and our network of web sites are South Carolina’s most popular online news sources.  As the leading multi-media company in South Carolina, we are prepared to meet all your print and digital needs in this new age of advertising.

Key Executives

The Team