The Monitor (Texas)

The Monitor is a newspaper in McAllen, Texas that covers Starr and Hidalgo counties. It circulates about 36,000 copies daily, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. It was owned by Freedom Communications until 2012, when Freedom papers in Texas were sold to AIM Media Texas.[2]

The Monitor
July 27, 2005
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)AIM Media Texas
PublisherStephan Wingert
EditorStephan Wingert
Deputy editorMichael Rodriguez
Headquarters1400 E. Nolana Loop
McAllen, TX 78504
United States
Circulation35,960 daily
55,580 Sunday[1]
OCLC number14375474

The Monitor's Spanish-language sister paper, La Frontera, shut down in 2009.[3] It shares content with the Valley Morning Star and The Brownsville Herald. Both are also owned by AIM Media Texas.

Both its former publisher, M. Olaf Frandsen, and its former editor in chief, Steve Fagan, have worked at Pulitzer-winning newspapers. Frandsen was editor in chief of the Odessa American in 1988, when the paper won the Pulitzer for spot news photography. Frandsen now is editor and publisher of the Salina, KS, Journal, a member of Harris Enterprises Inc.[4]

In 2017 The Monitor partnered with Quartz to report on the issues of climate change in McAllen and Reynosa. The project was funded by a grant from The Center for Cooperative Media.[5]


  1. "Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. Archived from the original on 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  2. AIM Media Texas, LLC acquires Texas newspapers
  3. "Spanish language La Frontera ceases publication". KWTX. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  4. "The Pulitzer Prize Awards". Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  5. Mădălina Ciobanu (15 September 2017). "Quartz is partnering with a local newspaper in Texas to investigate the effects of climate change". Retrieved 10 October 2017.

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