Top 10 Daily California Newspapers by Circulation

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Below, we’ve collected the top newspaper publications in California, organized by city. Before browsing these top media outlets, read our guide to media outlets to brush up on your knowledge.

Los Angeles, California Area Newspapers

  1. Los Angeles Times

    The Los Angeles Times is the largest daily newspaper in the United States. It has a daily readership of 1.3 million (2 million on Sunday) and a combined print and online weekly audience of 4.6 million. The L.A. Times has been serving the Los Angeles area (and the world) since 1881.

    Editor: Norman Pearlstine

    Send a tip to the L.A. Times newsroom here or browse the staff directory for contact information.

  2. Orange County Register (Santa Ana)

    The Orange Country Register is owned by the Southern California News Group. First published in 1905, the OC Register now sees an average of 215,000 daily readers (462,000 on Sunday), plus over 6.5 million unique monthly visitors to its online publication. It serves the Santa Ana area and has won three Pulitzer Prizes.

    Local editor: Heather McRea, hmcrea@scng.com

    Find contact information for other Orange County Register editors, journalists, and columnists here.

  3. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside and San Bernardino)

    The Press-Enterprise, also part of the Southern California News Group, serves the Riverside and San Bernardino county areas. The PE digital publication sees 2 million monthly total visitors and 4.4 million monthly page views. 

    Local editors: Mark Acosta, macosta@scng.com; Jessica Keating, jkeating@scng.com

    Find contact information for other Press-Enterprise editors, journalists, and columnists here.

    San Diego, California Area Newspapers

  4. San Diego Union-Tribune

    In 1992, the San Diego Union and the San Diego Evening Tribune merged to create the now-known San Diego Union-Tribune. This California newspaper reaches more than 95% of San Diego households and has won four Pulitzer Prizes.

    Editor: Jeff Light, jeff.light@sduniontribune.com

    Find contact information for other San Diego Union-Tribune editors, journalists, and columnists here.

    San Jose, California Newspapers

  5. The Mercury-News

    The Mercury-News is owned by the Bay Area News Group. It has a daily print readership averaging 312,700 (404,700 on Sunday); when combined with its online publication, that number exceeds 1.2 million. First published in 1851 as the San Jose Weekly Visitor, the Mercury-News now serves readers in Silicon Valley regarding the impact of global technology.

    Editor: Frank Pine, editor@bayareanewsgroup.com

    Find contact information for other Mercury-News editors, journalists, and columnists here.

  6. Fresno Bee (Fresno)

    The Fresno Bee serves Fresno and the surrounding six counties in the San Joaquin Valley. It was first published in 1922 and is owned by The McClatchy Company. As of 2019, the Fresno Bee had 48,266 daily readers (67,417 on Sunday) and over 1.7 million unique monthly visitors to its online publication.

    Editor: Joe Kieta, jkieta@fresnobee.com

    Find contact information for other Fresno Bee editors, journalists, and columnists here

    San Francisco, California Area Newspapers

  7. The San Francisco Chronicle

    Founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle now serves the San Francisco Bay area as well as from the Sacramento area to Santa Barbara County. It’s owned by the Hearst Corporation. 

    Editor-in-Chief: Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

    Find contact information for other San Francisco Chronicle editors, journalists, and columnists here.

  8. The San Francisco Examiner

    Since 1865, the San Francisco Examiner has served San Francisco and the surrounding areas. As of 2015, the San Francisco Examiner has about 75,00 daily readers (255,000 on Sunday) and over 2 million digital page views per month.

    Editor: Sara Gaiser, sgaiser@sfmediaco.com

    Find contact information for other San Francisco Examiner editors, journalists, and columnists here.

  9. Sacramento Bee (Sacramento)

    The Sacramento Bee was founded in 1857 and has a circulation area greater than 12,000 square miles. It’s the largest newspaper in Sacramento and fifth largest in California. As of 2019, the Sacramento Bee is circulated to 92,733 people (164,041 on Sunday) and has over 6 million unique monthly visitors.

    Editor: Lauren Gustus, lgustus@sacbee.com

    Find contact information for other Sacramento Bee editors, journalists, and columnists here.

  10. East Bay Times

    The East Bay Times, formerly known as the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times, is also owned by the Bay Area News Group. It serves the Contra Costa and Alameda County areas, as well as the broader San Francisco Bay area. Its first publication was in 1874, and it has won two Pulitzer Prizes. East Bay Times has a daily print readership averaging 286,900 (384,500 on Sunday); combined with its online publication, that number reaches 900,000.

    Editor: Frank Pine, editor@bayareanewsgroup.comFind contact information for other East Bay Times editors, journalists, and columnists here.