The Salinas Californian
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|Founded||March 31, 1871|
The Salinas Californian, sometimes referred to as The Californian, is the major 24-hour digital and print news organization published in Salinas, California. It is the oldest continuously publishing newspaper in California. The paper is part of the USA Today Network,owned by the Gannett Company. The Californian was initially founded in 1871 as The Salinas Index and assumed its current name during World War II. In 1936, the Index was acquired by Merritt C. Speidel. Gannett bought Speidel Newspapers in 1977.
Since its inception until Sept.28, 2015, the Salinas Californian has issued newspapers from Monday to Saturday. 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. Its mission is to serve the common good with a special emphasis on local reporting. Its media tools include video reports, documentaries, photo galleries, and live feeds—all available on multiple formats. Its online edition was launched in September 2000.
The Californian also produces El Sol, a Spanish-language weekly paper that has served Monterey County for 49 years; Off 68, a weekly paper distributed to individuals residing in communities along California State Route 68; and numerous special publications including a Welcome to Salinas Guide, Reader's Choice Awards listing, Guide to the Salinas Rodeo, Spring Wedding Guide, and Health Quarterlies.
The President is Paula Goudreau. Silas Lyons is the regional executive editor and Chelcey Adami is the local news editor. Joe Truskot, a senior reporter, is also the interim editor of El Sol and the Features/Off 68 editor.
Champ Robinson reports on the local sports scene.
In addition to staff reporters, The Californian publishes weekly features on topics such as agriculture, transportation, and community profiles.
As part of the USA Today Network, The Californian makes available stories of significance from the world's largest media company.
The Salinas Californian continues to list community events at no charge in its weekly calendars.
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