Kennebec Journal

The Kennebec Journal is a six-day morning daily newspaper published in Augusta, Maine. It is owned by MaineToday Media, which also publishes the state's largest newspaper, the Portland Press Herald.

Kennebec Journal
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)MaineToday Media
EditorScott Monroe
LaunchedJanuary 1825; 195 years ago (1825-01)
Headquarters36 Anthony Avenue,
Augusta, Maine 04330,
United States
Circulation10,792 daily (as of 2012)[1]

The newspaper covers Augusta and the surrounding capital area and southern Kennebec County. Known colloquially as the "KJ".


Newspaper offices in the 19th century, when James G. Blaine was editor

The Kennebec Journal began publishing as a weekly newspaper in 1825, five years after Maine had become a state.[2]

James G. Blaine bought half of the newspaper in 1854 and became its editor.[3] Blaine later served as United States Senator from Maine from 1876 to 1881, United States Secretary of State in 1881 and from 1889 to 1892. He was also the Republican Party's nominee for president during the 1884 election.

In November 1922, Charles F. Flint, general manager of The Kennebec Journal, and his three sons, Roy, Charles, and Leigh, purchased stock control of the newspaper.[4]

For much of the 20th century, the Journal (along with its sister papers the Press Herald and Morning Sentinel) was part of Guy Gannett Communications, a family-owned media company based in Maine.

In 1998, Guy Gannett's newspapers were sold to Blethen Maine Newspapers, a subsidiary of The Seattle Times Company. The group was sold to MaineToday Media in 2009.[5]


The price of each for the Saturday/Sunday “Weekend Edition” issue of The Kennebec Journal is $1.50, while the daily issues cost $1.00 each.


  1. ^ "FAS-FAX Report: Circulation Averages for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2012". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "The Old South". The Washington Post. August 4, 1906. p. 6.
  3. ^ "Career of Mr. Blaine: Educator, Journalist, Politician, Statesmen and Author". The Baltimore Sun. January 28, 1893. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Kennebec Journal Is Sold". The New York Times. November 30, 1922. p. 14.
  5. ^ "MaineToday Media Acquires Maine Newspapers, Online Information Portal and Related Real Estate Assets". Business Wire. June 15, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2010.

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