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The Telegraph

487 Cherry Street 
Macon, GA 31201-3444 
478-744-4200

The Paper

Mission Statement/Motto: The Telegraph will be the pre-eminent source of news, information, and advertising in the Middle Georgia region. It will do this by offering high-value products and services through the newspaper, website, mobile apps and partnerships with other media. The company will grow revenue and be good stewards of its resources in order to grow profit. The Telegraph's historic mission, to inform the citizens of Middle Georgia and to act as a community watchdog, is a privilege, responsibility and source of competitive strength. A commitment to customers and employees is fundamental to the company's success.

Founded: In 1826, three years after the Georgia General Assembly chartered Macon, Dr. Myron Bartlett founded The Telegraph as a weekly newspaper. The first edition of The Telegraph appeared on Nov. 1, 1826. In 1855, Joseph Clisby became owner and editor of The Telegraph and saw it emerge as a daily newspaper after the Civil War. The Macon Telegraph merged with The Messenger in 1869. The News was founded by 16-year-old Jerome Pound with an investment of $8 in 1884. W.T. Anderson published and edited The Macon Telegraph until 1940, and it was during this period that The Macon Telegraph and The Macon News were merged into The Macon Telegraph Publishing Company.

In February 1969, The Macon Telegraph Publishing Company became part of Knight Newspapers, Inc., which later merged with Ridder Publications to become Knight Ridder. In 1990, the paper was redesigned and renamed The Macon Telegraph. In December 1997, The Macon Telegraph acquired The (Warner Robins) Daily Sun, The Buyers' Guide and The Byron Gazette. In February of 2003, The Macon Telegraph absorbed the Warner Robins Daily Sun customers as part of an expanded Houston edition that was a component of the newspaper's product improvement plan. In 2005, the paper became The Telegraph, and The Telegraph Houston Edition was replaced by the weekly Houston Peach.

In June of 2006, The Telegraph was acquired by The McClatchy Company with McClatchy's purchase of Knight Ridder. Today, The Telegraph also produces The Sun News, launched in 2008 as an expanded and revamped version of the Houston Peach, Neighbors and Robins Rev-Up, the newspaper for Robins Air Force Base.

 

The 130-year-old eagle statue adorns the foyer inside The Telegraph building and has come to symbolize the newspaper.

Key Executives:
Don Bailey, President and Publisher
Sherrie Marshall, Vice President and Executive Editor
Conna Hardy, Regional Chief Financial Officer

General Hiring Contact: Human Resources Specialist Brenda Cope at 478-744-4351 or e-mail resume@macontel.com

Distinction: 1985 Pulitzer Prize; 2008 McClatchy President's Award; 2013 McClatchy President's Award

Market: The Macon-Warner Robins area is a self-contained regional market located in Middle Georgia on I-75, an hour and 15 minutes from Atlanta. This market has a healthy retail environment with a balance of government, industrial and white-collar employment. Robins Air Force Base is a major area employer, with approximately 21,000 employees. Robins' net fiscal impact on the Georgia economy was $4.1 billion in fiscal 2009.

A major mall expansion in the late 1990s brought additional major retail accounts to the market as well as 50-plus new smaller retailers. Retail growth continued in 2001 with the opening of Eisenhower Crossing, which includes more than 40 retail establishments and several national retailers in more than 500,000 square feet of retail space. Retail growth continues in Macon and Warner Robins. Warner Robins has seen significant growth in population and retail areas. In April of 2006, Bass Pro Shops opened a 420,000-square-foot distribution center at the intersection of Interstate 75 and Bass Road. Following the distribution center, in October of 2006, the 120,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Sportsman's Retail Center opened. In 2008 a 750,00-square-foot regional shopping and entertainment center opened at Riverside Drive at Interstate 75.

Circulation Area: Total market circulation area consists of 30 counties, including a 24-county Retail Trading Zone located in Middle Georgia.

Customers: The Telegraph is a regional newspaper serving Middle Georgia. The seven-county core newspaper market provides excellent news and advertiser coverage with 122,400 adults reading on a typical weekday and 161,600 on a normal Sunday edition. The remaining counties add more than 30,189 readers to the daily total and nearly another 34,823 to the Sunday readership figure. The median age of the weekday reader is 50; for the Sunday reader it is 48. The median household incomes of readers are $45,500 for weekday editions and $43,500 for Sunday.

Site: The Telegraph is located in a 120,000-square-foot building in downtown Macon, near the Ocmulgee River and convenient to interstates 75 and 16. The 130-year-old eagle statue that once sat atop a previous Telegraph location now proudly adorns the foyer and has come to symbolize the newspaper.

 

Circulation: 53,311 daily; 67,771 Sunday (2009 ABC Audit)

Single-Copy Sales: 17% daily single copy; 25% Sunday single copy

Newspaper Website: www.macon.com

Average Monthly Page Views/Unique Visitors: 6.1 million page views; 600,000 monthly unique visitors

Employees: 120 full-time employees; 21 part-time employees

Satellite Offices: An office in Warner Robins houses news, advertising and circulation staff.


Special Awards:

Well-known Newsroom Personalities: Columnist Ed Grisamore; Editorial Page Editor and columnist Charles E. Richardson; multimedia reporter Liz Fabian; writer Joe Kovac

Community Involvement: Georgia Sports Hall of Fame; Macon Symphony Orchestra; Cherry Blossom Festival; Museum of Aviation; Tubman Museum; Museum of Arts & Sciences; United Way; Macon Chamber of Commerce; Warner Robins Chamber of Commerce; Hay House; NewTown Macon; American Cancer Society; Grand Opera House; Home Builders Association of Middle Georgia and Warner Robins; Georgia National Fair; Georgia State Fair; Macon Civic Club; Warner Robins Civitan Club; Junior League of Macon; Rotary Club of Macon; Downtown Rotary Club of Macon; Warner Robins Rotary Club.

Special Project: Sponsor of the annual Golden Eagle Awards for high school seniors selected as the best in their field from throughout Middle Georgia.

The annual Reindeer Gang initiative profiles the special needs of selected families and individuals from our community. After promoting the need, The Telegraph collects donations and distributes them to those families during the holiday season.

 

The Community

One of Georgia's most distinguished buildings is the historic Hay House, declared a National Historical Landmark in 1974.

Market: The Macon MSA includes Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties; The Warner Robins MSA includes Houston and Peach counties. Macon is located on Georgia's fall line; the Piedmont Plateau slopes northward to the mountains and the coastal plains stretch southward. Macon is a charming mid-sized city, rich in history and traditional Southern hospitality. There are many examples of pre-Civil War architecture. Macon has 11 historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places. Warner Robins is home to Robins Air Force Base, the largest industrial complex site in the state.

Location: Macon is 75 miles south of Atlanta, near the geographic center of the state. Both the Georgia coast and the north Georgia mountains are only 2-and-a-half hours away. Warner Robins is located 17 miles south of Macon on I-75. A population of more than 390,000 in a 30-mile radius; four major seaports within 4 hours truck travel time; international airfreight facilities only 75 minutes away; two railroads and the largest rail switching center on the East Coast make Macon an ideal location.

Transportation: Interstates 75 and 16 intersect in Macon. The Middle Georgia Regional Airport is located in Macon, and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is 1 hour and 15 minutes by car with shuttle service is available. The Greyhound Co. and Macon Transit Authority provide ground transportation to and around Macon.

Area Population: 387,398

Area Households: 147,928

Area Household Growth Rate: Estimated household growth rate is 1.085 percent; projected population for 2010 is 402,950; projected population for 2015 is 429,212.

Education: Macon MSA: 54% high school graduates or less; 19% some college; 27% a college degree or higher. Warner Robins MSA: 43% high school graduates or less; 24% some college; 33% a college degree or higher

 

Each year in April, Macon holds the Pan-African Festival featuring parades, African and Caribbean musical performances, African dancing, films, food festival, cultural shows and exhibitions.

Ethnic Makeup: Macon MSA: 55% Caucasian; 43% African American; 2% all other. Warner Robins MSA: 69% Caucasian; 28% African American; 3% all other

Median Age: Macon MSA: 35.4; Warner Robins MSA: 34.8

Average Income: Macon MSA: $56,697; Warner Robins MSA: $65,593

Median Home Value: Macon MSA: $113,700; Warner Robins MSA: $127,300

Average Rent: Macon MSA: $662; Warner Robins MSA: $731

Climate: Middle Georgia has mild winters and hot, hazy summers. The coolest months are January and February with lows around 35 degrees and highs around 60 degrees. The warmest months are July and August with lows around 70 and highs around 92.

Major Employers/Industries: Robins Air Force Base; Medical Center of Central Georgia; GEICO; Bibb County Board of Education; Perdue Farms; Mercer University; City of Macon; Frito-Lay; Graphic Packaging Corp.; The Boeing Co.

Higher Learning: Mercer University; Middle Georgia State College; Wesleyan College; Fort Valley State University; Georgia College and State University

Culture: Macon Symphony Orchestra; MidSummer Macon; Museum of Arts and Sciences; Harriet Tubman African-American Museum; Theater Macon; Macon Little Theater; Macon City Auditorium; the Macon Coliseum; Warner Robins Little Theatre; The Grand Opera House; Macon Arts Alliance; Middle Georgia Arts Association

Sports: Major league professional baseball, football, basketball and hockey teams are just 75 miles away in Atlanta. NCAA sporting activities are easily accessible in Atlanta at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets) and in Athens at the University of Georgia (Bulldogs).

 

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival each March is recognized as one of the top 100 events in North America.
  • The annual Cherry Blossom Festival , recognized as one of the top 100 events in North America, features hundreds of activities, including a ball, parade, street party, arts-and-crafts show, international food festival and hot air balloon display.

 

  • The Georgia State Fair has been held in Macon since 1851 and has a long tradition of family entertainment ranging from its agricultural and artistic craft roots to its carnival midway atmosphere.
  • Since its beginnings in 1990, The Georgia National Fair in Perry has been designated as a top event for celebrating youth, agriculture and heritage.
  • First Night Macon is a family-oriented arts festival held in Macon every New Year's Eve. It features many concerts, dances, art shows, theatrical performances at different venues and galleries around the downtown area, and a grand finale of fireworks at midnight.
  • Macon has a rich African American cultural heritage. Each year in April, Macon holds the Pan-African Festival featuring parades, African and Caribbean musical performances, African dancing, films, food festival, cultural shows and exhibitions.
  • A celebration of Macon's Native American heritage, a festival is held every September at Ocmulgee National Monument. Representatives from diverse backgrounds of Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Seminoe and other nations come to share stories, exhibit native art, perform dances and play live music.

 

A dancer performs during the Ocmulgee Indian Festival.

Tourist Attractions: Ocmulgee National Monument, largest archaeological development east of the Mississippi; Sydney Lanier Cottage, birthplace of the great American poet; Hay House, Italian revival mansion built in the 1850s; Cannonball House, struck by a cannonball during the federal attack of 1853; Rose Hill Cemetery; Luther Williams Field, second-oldest ballpark in the United States.; Georgia Music Hall of Fame; Georgia Sports Hall of Fame; Tubman African-American Museum; Museum of Arts and Sciences; Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins

Recreation: Lake Tobesofkee offers fishing, swimming, boating and camping; two public tennis centers with 36 courts; an 18-hole municipal golf course; numerous private golf clubs; and eight public recreation centers

Claim to Fame: More cherry trees than Washington, D.C., and home to the largest copper dome, which tops the Civic Center.

Famous Citizens: Musicians: Young Jeezy, Jason Aldean, Kadalack Boyz, The Allman Brothers, Mark Heard, Little Richard Penniman, Otis Redding, Phil Walden, Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers/Rolling Stones pianist); Actors: Blake Clark, Luke Askew, Eugene Butler, Melvyn Douglas, Sam Edwards, Sam Hennings, Jack McBrayer; Athletes: Russell Branyan, Kevin Brown, Al Lucas, Norm Nixon, Jim Parker, John Rocker, Theron Sapp, Ken Shamrock; Other: astronaut and professional soccer player Sonny Carter; Catherine Brewer Benson, credited as the first woman to earn a college degree; CNN talk show host and former prosecutor Nancy Grace; poet and musician Sidney Lanier

 

Fairgoers ride through the sky at the Georgia National Fair.

Area Information:
Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
305 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31298
478-741-8000
Fax: 478-621-2021

Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau
450 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Macon, GA 31201
800-768-3401

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The Telegraph
487 Cherry Street
Macon, GA 31201-3444
478-744-4200

(This profile was last updated on Oct. 1, 2010)