The Salinas Californian
|Founded||March 31, 1871|
The Salinas Californian, sometimes referred to as The Californian, is a digital and print newspaper published in Salinas, California, covering mainly the Salinas Valley. Founded in 1871 as The Salinas City Index, it went through several name changes and assumed its current name during World War II. The paper is part of the USA Today Network, owned by the Gannett Company, which acquired its parent company Speidel Newspapers Inc., in 1977.
As Salinas went through a period of agricultural and financial expansion in the years between 1860-1890, the existence of The Salinas Weekly Index, and two other publications, Salinas Weekly Democrat and Salinas Daily Journal, was seen as evidence that the city was “one of the most modern for its size in the state” in late 1800’s.
In 1942, Salinas Index-Journal merged with Salinas Morning Post. The combined publication was renamed The Salinas Californian in honor of California's first newspaper, The Californian, published in 1848 in Monterey. The paper was renamed The Californian in 1990, but was still referred to as The Salinas Californian.
In May 1977, the Gannett Company purchased Speidel Newspapers Inc., and has remained owner of The Salinas Californian ever since.
The Salinas Californian has issued newspapers from Monday to Saturday since its inception until Sept. 28, 2015. It has never produced a Sunday Edition. It now has a 24-hour, 7-day digital presence and prints newspapers Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday only.
The paper serves the Monterey County, California with a specific emphasis on the Salinas Valley. Its delivery area includes the towns of Salinas, Spreckels, Prunedale, Castroville, Chualar, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, and King City. Daily delivery is also available in Monterey, Marina, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, and Pacific Grove.
The Salinas Californian also produces El Sol, a Spanish-language weekly paper.
Its online edition was launched in September 2000.
In 2015, The Salinas Californian’s circulation stood between 6,000 and 7,000 during the week, slightly higher on Saturdays.
The paper's President is Paula Goudreau. Silas Lyons is the Executive Editor and Chelcey Adami is the Local News Editor. Ayrton Ostly is the Sports Reporter. The paper’s reporters also include Eduardo Cuevas and Joseph Szydlowski.
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