The paper is a descendent of the 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 Sunday through Friday. It is published by Frankfort Publishing, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Dix Communications of Wooster, Ohio. It has a daily circulation of 7,729 and a Sunday circulation of 10,229.
The current publisher is Ann Dix Maenza. The editor since early 2013 has been Dan Liebman, former editor of The Blood-Horse magazine. The former editor since 1979 had been Carl West, a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. West now serves as editor emeritus.