Hearst Newspapers has announced that the San Antonio Express-News in Texas will be relocating one block to the newly refurbished San Antonio Light building, where it will take up occupancy in the first quarter of 2021.
Additionally, the San Antonio Express-News plans to increase newsroom staffing by 10% in 2021. This investment reflects the paper’s commitment to the region, where it has been the voice of South Texas since 1865, providing news and information to a community of more than 2 million people. The announcement was made by Hearst Newspapers President Jeff Johnson and San Antonio Express-News Publisher Mark Medici.
The new San Antonio Light building is a significant piece of Hearst history. The paper was acquired by William Randolph Hearst in 1924 and closed only after the company announced the purchase of the San Antonio Express-News in 1992, publishing its last edition in January 1993. The new, state-of-the-art location will also feature a podcasting and video studio in the center of the newsroom. The current building at 301 Avenue E remains for sale.
“Hearst believes deeply in our newspapers and the importance of local journalism,” said Johnson. “During such unprecedented times when much of the industry is under pressure, we are proud to continue supporting our employees, expanding newsrooms with cutting-edge facilities and adding staff.”
“San Antonians value the Express-News as an independent news source, and record audience numbers are a testament to their confidence in our reporting,” said Medici. “We are proud to enter this next phase of growth in a building with such significance to Hearst’s history. This announcement solidifies a bright future for the Express-News.”
With the relocation, the production of the newspaper, which currently takes place at the Avenue E location, will transition to the San Antonio Express-News’ sister paper, the Houston Chronicle, starting January 2021. There will be no involuntary separations with this change, and as portions of the paper are currently being produced at the Chronicle facility, there will also be no impact on delivery schedules.