The Austin American-Statesman was first published in 1871 by the leader of the Democratic Party in the Austin area as the Democratic Statesman. In 1924, the Austin American-Statesman and the Democratic Statesman merged and expanded publication from 3 days to 7 days a week. It focuses coverage on issues affecting Austin and the Central Texas region
Acquired by Cox Enterprises in 1976, the Austin American-Statesman is part of Cox Media Group, a subsidiary which joined the corporation's television, radio and newspaper assets in 2008.
In 1981, The Statesman moved from its downtown location to the south shore of Lady Bird Lake where its operations overlook Austin's downtown skyline and the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.
Readers have access to multiple digital products including iPhone and iPad apps, statesman.com, and replica versions of the newspaper across all multiple mobile devices. Over two million people rely on statesman.com and austin360.com as their news resource each month.