The State Journal, which has served Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, and the rest of Franklin County since 1902, was named the commonwealth's best midsize daily newspaper by the Kentucky Press Association in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
The newspaper is a descendent of The Kentucky State Journal, which originally was an eight-page, six-column Democratic morning daily. The Kentucky State Journal was established Jan. 7, 1900, by John Meloan, its first editor and manager.
On Feb. 9, 1911, The Kentucky State Journal united with The Frankfort News to become The Frankfort News-Journal. Shortly thereafter, on June 20, 1912, the paper gained its current name under Editor Graham Vreeland.
The paper now prints Tuesday through Friday with a weekend edition. It was published by Frankfort Publishing, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Dix Communications of Wooster, Ohio, for 53 years until 2015, when Frankfort Newsmedia LLC purchased the newspaper and related digital products. In 2016, a companion monthly magazine, FRANK., was launched.