Marin Independent Journal

The Marin Independent Journal is the main newspaper of Marin County, California. The paper is owned by California Newspapers Partnership which is in turn mostly owned by MediaNews Group.[1]

Marin Independent Journal
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)MediaNews Group, et al.
PublisherRob Devincenzi
FoundedMarch 23, 1861
Headquarters4000 Civic Center Dr #301
San Rafael, California
Circulation30,041 Sunday
27,027 Daily
Sister newspapersSan Jose Mercury News, Santa Cruz Sentinel, East Bay Times
OCLC number61313188


The Independent Journal was formed from the merger of the Marin Journal and the San Rafael Daily Independent in 1948. The weekly Journal, one of the state's oldest newspapers, had been established in 1861 as the Marin County Journal. The Journal was published in San Rafael on Saturdays by Jerome A. Barney.[2] The Independent had been started by Harry Granice in 1900 as the weekly San Rafael Independent, which became a daily by 1903 under the management of his daughter, Celeste Granice Murphy. The merged paper was originally called the San Rafael Independent-Journal.[3][4]

Gannett acquired the paper from the Brown family in 1980. MediaNews Group acquired the paper from Gannett in 2000. Gannett turned over the newspaper to a partnership headed by Dean Singleton and it is now owned an operated by a company made up of investment bankers.

The "hot-tubber" incident

In 2002, former President George H. W. Bush described "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh as "some misguided Marin County hot-tubber."[5] His comment prompted criticism among readers of the Marin Independent Journal, until Bush sent the paper a letter of apology:

Call off the dogs, please. I surrender...I apologize. I am chastened and will never use 'hot tub' and 'Marin county' in the same sentence again.[5]


Staff of the Marin Independent Journal have won the following recent awards:

The Independent Journal won two first-place awards, three second-place awards and six "honorable mention" awards in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest for 2016.

Winners were:

• Photographer Alan Dep, first place, for an online photo story/essay about a youth chess tournament.

• Editorial cartoonist George Russell, first place, for a cartoon about youth vaccinations.

• Reporter Paul Liberatore, second place, for best writing, a feature on the end of the Lawson’s Landing trailer park at Dillon Beach.

• Reporter Janis Mara, second place, for education coverage, a feature on the one-room Lincoln School in rural Marin.

• Photo chief Robert Tong, second place, for news photo, of Novato firefighters attacking a fire.

In addition, "honorable mention" awards went to reporter Richard Halstead, for stories about recycling and health care; lifestyles editor Vicki Larson for lifestyle sections; reporter Mark Prado for coverage of unrest in the Sausalito Marin City School District; photo chief Tong for an online photo story/essay about the Novato murder investigation; and Audria Ruscitti, a page designer, for the design of a lifestyles page.


  1. Advertise, Gallup Research - Media Usage 2004 and 2006, DataQuick Information Systems, from Marin Independent Journal website, retrieved 09.23.07
  2. James Munro-Fraser, History of Marin County, California, "History Of San Rafael Township, Part 1," 1880 Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine, accessed June 7, 2008
  3. California Newspaper Publishers Association, California Press Association Hall of Fame, "Justus F. Craemer, San Rafael Independent-Journal, Orange Daily News, 1886-1966", accessed June 6, 2008
  4. California Newspaper Publishers Association, California Press Association Hall of Fame, "Celeste Granice Murphy, The Sonoma Index-Tribune, 1882-1962 ", accessed June 6, 2008
  5. "From hot tub to hot water" | World news |
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