Napa Valley Register
Napa Valley Register logo
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Lee Enterprises
PresidentJay Scott
EditorDan Evans
Sports editorAndy Wilcox
FoundedAugust 10, 1863; 160 years ago (1863-08-10)
CountryUnited States
Circulation13,561 Daily (as of 2023)[1]
OCLC number27716818

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 Newspapers, a small family chain.

Scripps was acquired by Pulitzer in 1996, and Pulitzer was acquired by Lee Enterprises in 2005.[7]

The paper's editor as of 2022 is Dan Evans.[8] 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. Evans unveiled a newly reconstituted editorial board in October 2022. The board is made up of three members of the newspaper's staff and seven community members. It will assist in driving the official opinion of the paper. [9]

In April 2023, the paper laid off two employees.[10]

Starting July 18, 2023, the print edition of the newspaper will be reduced to three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Also, the newspaper will transition from being delivered by a traditional newspaper delivery carrier to mail delivery by the U.S. Postal Service.[11]


  1. ^ Lee Enterprises. "Form 10-K". Retrieved February 29, 2024.
  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.
  8. ^ Huffman, Jennifer (28 March 2022). "Dan Evans named editor of Napa Valley Register". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 2022-04-03.
  9. ^ Dan Evans (October 1, 2022). "Start the Presses: Introducing the editorial board". Napa Valley Register. Napa Valley Publishing.
  10. ^ Sarfaty, Cheryl (2023-04-26). "Napa Valley Register layoffs are latest in an industry battling economic headwinds". The North Bay Business Journal. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  11. ^ "Your expanded Napa Valley Register coming soon". The Napa Valley Register. 2023-06-18. Retrieved 2023-07-19.