Napa Valley Register

Napa Valley Register
Napa Valley Register logo
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Lee Enterprises
Publisher Davis Taylor
Editor Sean Scully
Metro editor Kevin Courtney
Photo editor J. L. Sousa
Founded August 10, 1863; 158 years ago (1863-08-10)
Language English
Country United States
Circulation 11,947 daily
12,126 Sunday[1]
OCLC number 27716818

The Napa Valley Register is a daily newspaper located in Napa, California. The paper began publication on August 10, 1863.[2][3][4] By 1864, the newspaper had dropped “Valley” from its name, becoming simply the Napa Register,[5] until returning to the original name over a century later.[6] Covering a community more known for its wheat crop than wine grapes, the early Register would be unrecognizable to modern readers. A forum for gossip, tall-tales, opinion, moral instruction, aphorisms, propaganda, entertainment and, sporadically, hard news, the Register was one of the top two newspapers of early Napa.

The Register moved to daily publication in 1872 and George M. Francis became sole owner of the Register in 1878, upon the death of his business partner. Francis was succeeded in ownership by his son George H. Francis in 1932.

The paper remained with Francis and various partners until 1958, when it was sold to Scripps League, a small family chain.

The current editor is Sean Scully. The Napa Valley Register is published by Napa Valley Publishing, which also publishes the St. Helena Star, The Weekly Calistogan, and American Canyon Eagle, and operates the website Inside Napa Valley.

The paper was formerly owned by Scripps League Newspapers, which was acquired by Pulitzer in 1996; Lee Enterprises acquired Pulitzer in 2005.[7]


  1. ^ Audited Media
  2. ^ Peter Jensen (August 10, 2013). "Napa Valley Register turns 150". Napa Valley Register. Napa Valley Publishing.
  3. ^ "First edition of The Napa Valley Register" (PDF). Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  4. ^ "About Napa Valley register. [volume] (Napa City, Calif.) 1863-1863". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  5. ^ "About The Napa register. [volume] (Napa City, Calif.) 1864-1921". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  6. ^ Michael WatersonI (August 10, 2013). "Amid the Civil War, the Register birthed as abolitionist paper". Napa Valley Register. Napa Valley Publishing. Archived from the original on August 11, 2013.
  7. ^ Times Wire Services (May 7, 1996). "Pulitzer to Purchase Scripps Newspapers". Los Angeles Times.

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