Ukiah Daily Journal
TypeWeekly Newspaper
Owner(s)MediaNews Group, Inc
Founder(s)Alex Montgomery
PublisherKevin McConnell
EditorK.C Meadows
Deputy editorJody Martinez
Sports editorJeff Weston
Founded1868 (1868)
HeadquartersUkiah, California

The Ukiah Daily Journal is an American daily paid newspaper which serves the city of Ukiah and surrounding Mendocino County, California.[1] Published daily Tuesday through Sunday, its estimated circulation is 6,795.[1]

It is currently edited by K. C. Meadows.[2]


The Journal traces its history back to the foundation of the weekly Mendocino Democrat in 1868 by Alex Montgomery.[3][4] It was later consolidated with the Weekly Dispatch (founded in 1873), under the ownership of Peabody and A.W. Sefton.[3] In 1898, J. B. Sanford purchased the paper, and in 1913 took on partner E. P. Thurston, who managed many of the day-to-day operations.[3] Thurston would edit and publish the paper for 36 years, eventually selling it to Ben Cober.[5]

From 1936 to 1939 it was a daily without Sundays, but reverted to a semi-weekly for financial reasons. This was the Dispatch Democrat owned by Mr. Cober. In 1949, Cober bought the Ukiah Republican Press and created the combined Redwood Journal-Press-Dispatch, issuing the first issue under the Daily Journal name on April 19, 1954.[6] In 1960, the paper merged with the weekly Willits News and Ukiah News in an effort to reduce costs through consolidation.[7] In 1988, after the Anderson Valley Advertiser printed a hoax interview (supposedly with Congressman Douglas Bosco), the Ukiah Daily Journal, which had had the printing contract for that paper, banned the use of its press by the Advertiser.[8]

The out-of-state Donrey Media Group (now Stephens Media) took over in 1984. In 1999, MediaNews Group (California Newspaper bought the paper as part of a ten newspaper deal with Donrey meant to expand MediaNews's holdings in Los Angeles and Northern California.[9][10]

Saturday editions ran from 2003, making it a true daily newspaper until 2011. It now runs on a Tuesday-Sunday publication schedule.[11]


In 2017, the Ukiah Daily Journal won 1st place in the Coverage of Local Government category in its division of California's Better Newspapers Contest.[12]


  1. ^ a b Stevenson, Paula. "Research Newspapers by State: California" (PDF). American Newspaper Representatives. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Ukiah Daily Journal". USNPL. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Carpenter, Aurelius O.; Millberry, Percy H. (1914). History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California. Historic Record Company. p. 72. Peabody .
  4. ^ Guinn, James Miller (1902). History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California: An Historical Story of the State's Marvelous Growth from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Chapman Publishing Company.
  5. ^ "Ukiah Daily Journal". 30 March 1997.
  6. ^ "About Ukiah daily journal". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.
  7. ^ "JOURNAL MERGES WITH 2 WEEKLIES". Geyserville Press. 7 October 1960.
  8. ^ "Weekly paper loses access to press". Desert Sun. 15 February 1988.
  9. ^ "Journal merges with news group". Ukiah Daily Journal. 13 January 1999.
  10. ^ "Singleton To Run 10 Donrey papers". San Francisco Examiner. 13 January 1999.
  11. ^ "Contact Us". Ukiah Daily Journal. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  12. ^ "Better Newspapers Contest winners announced". California News Publishers Association. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2018.