Napa Valley Register
Napa Valley Register logo
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Lee Enterprises
PresidentJay Scott
EditorDan Evans
Sports editorAndy Wilcox
FoundedAugust 10, 1863; 159 years ago (1863-08-10)
CountryUnited States
Circulation11,947 daily
12,126 Sunday[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, a small family chain.

The current editor is Dan Evans.[7] 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. [8]

The paper was formerly owned by Scripps League Newspapers, which was acquired by Pulitzer in 1996; Lee Enterprises acquired Pulitzer in 2005.[9]


  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. ^ Huffman, Jennifer. "Dan Evans named editor of Napa Valley Register". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 2022-04-03.
  8. ^ Dan Evans (October 1, 2022). "Start the Presses: Introducing the editorial board". Napa Valley Register. Napa Valley Publishing.
  9. ^ Times Wire Services (May 7, 1996). "Pulitzer to Purchase Scripps Newspapers". Los Angeles Times.