The Mendocino Beacon
The Mendocino Beacon sign still hangs on the newspaper's original home at 45062 Ukiah St., Mendocino
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)MediaNews Group, Digital First Media
PublisherK.C. Meadows [1]
EditorRobin Epley
FoundedOctober 1877 (1877-10)
HeadquartersFort Bragg, Mendocino County, California

The Mendocino Beacon is a weekly newspaper for the community of Mendocino, California, owned by MediaNews Group.[3]


The Mendocino Beacon was founded on October 6, 1877 by W. H. Meacham and William Heeser,[4][5][6][7] an immigrant from Germany who also founded the Fort Bragg Advocate-News and three other local newspapers in Kibesillah, Rockport, and Westport.[8] It succeeded the Star, a local newspaper that had been founded previously by M. J. C. Galvin.[7] In an 1878 catalog of North American newspapers the Beacon was advertised as "an independent and vigorous weekly journal, published at a point of rising importance as a place of shipping and trade."[9] From 1975 to 1977 it was published under an alternative name, the Mendocino Coast Beacon.[6]

In 2000, the newspaper offices moved from Mendocino to Fort Bragg, ten miles north of Mendocino, and consolidated with the offices of the Fort Bragg Advocate-News.[10]


In the 2009 California Newspaper Publishers Association's "Better Newspaper Contest", the Mendocino Beacon won first place in its circulation category for a business/financial story, for a story on Heritage House by Frank Hartzell.[11] It has also won similar awards in previous years.[12][13][14][15]


  1. ^ [1] Mendocino Beacon Contact Us, retrieved 2018-08-29.
  2. ^ Echo Media Print Experts retrieved 2018-08-29
  3. ^ Who Owns What, Columbia Journalism Review, retrieved 2010-08-21.
  4. ^ Palmer, Lyman L. (1967), History of Mendocino County, California, comprising its geography, geology, topography, climatography, springs and timber, Mendocino County Historical Society, pp. 412, 712.
  5. ^ Rowell, George Presbury (1879), Rowell's American newspaper directory, Printers' Ink Pub. Co., p. 28.
  6. ^ a b Library of Congress catalogue information, retrieved 2010-08-21.
  7. ^ a b Carpenter, Aurelius O.; Millberry, Percy H. (1914), "History of Mendocino and Lake counties, California, with biographical sketches of the leading, men and women of the counties who have been identified with their growth and development from the early days to the present", Historic Record Company, pp. 52, 851.
  8. ^ A Mendocino immigrant Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine, Kelley House Museum, retrieved 2010-08-21.
  9. ^ Pettengill's newspaper directory and advertisers' handbook for 1878: comprising a complete list of the newspapers and other periodicals published in the United States and British America, S.M. Pettengill & Co., 1878, p. 189.
  10. ^ Geniella, Mike (August 19, 2000), "Mendocino Beacon era draws to a close: Newspaper office moves to Ft. Bragg", Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.
  11. ^ CNPA BNC 2009 winners Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2010-08-21.
  12. ^ "Local newspapers earn blue ribbons from CNPA", Fort Bragg Advocate-News, July 1, 2004.
  13. ^ "Beacon recognized with MADD award", Mendocino Beacon, June 10, 2004.
  14. ^ "Papers bring home awards", Mendocino Beacon, July 20, 2007.
  15. ^ "Publisher brings home four awards", Mendocino Beacon, October 18, 2007.