The Island Packet

The Island Packet
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) The McClatchy Company
Publisher Sara Johnson Borton
Editor Fitz McAden
Founded 1970
Headquarters 10 Buck Island Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
 United States
Circulation 18,972 Daily
20,605 Sunday[1]
ISSN 0746-4886

The Island Packet is a daily morning broadsheet newspaper owned by The McClatchy Company serving primarily the residents of southern Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States, particularly the towns of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. Its average circulation is 19,223 on weekdays and 20,168 on Sundays.



The newspaper was founded as a weekly on July 9, 1970, by Tom Wamsley and Ralph Hilton, with financial backing by Lucy and Jonathan Daniels, editor emeritus of the Raleigh News & Observer.[1]


The latest circulation figures from the parent company McClatchy in 2006[1] report circulations of 19,223 on weekdays and 20,168 on Sundays; however more recent audited circulation numbers from the Audit Bureau of Circulations for the six months ended March 31, 2010, report circulations of 18,972 on weekdays and 20,605 on Sundays,[2] down 1% and up 2% respectively during the last four years.


  1. 1 2 3 "The McClatchy Company Newspapers: The Island Packet". The McClatchy Company. Retrieved 2006-11-07.
  2. "Audit Bureau of Circulations". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 2010-08-19.

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