Santa Maria Times

The Santa Maria Times is a daily American newspaper on California's Central Coast serving the cities of Santa Maria; Orcutt; Guadalupe; Nipomo; unincorporated parts of northern Santa Barbara County and southern San Luis Obispo County.[2]. It is published daily Tuesday through Sunday, and is part of the Lee Newspaper group of Lee Enterprises,which also publishes the Lompoc Record and Santa Ynez Valley News, among other newspapers.

Santa Maria Times
TypeDaily (Tuesday-Sunday)
Owner(s)Lee Enterprises
FoundedApril 1882
Circulation21,579 (2018)[1]

Cynthia Schur is the Publisher and Marga K. Cooley is the Managing Editor.[3]


The Santa Maria Times was established in April 1882.[4][5][6] In 1918, the paper became a daily.[7]

Owner E.L. Petersen sold the paper in 1938 to Robert and Stanworth Hancock, who in turn sold the paper to Kansas-based Stauffer Communications in 1948.[8][9] In 1947 the paper bought up the Santa Maria Vidette, Guadalupe Gazette, and Santa Maria Courier, and later the Santa Maria Advertiser Burl Hagagone bought the paper in 1958.[10]

In 2017, the Santa Maria Times won 2nd place in the General Excellence category in its division of California's Better Newspapers Contest.[11] It also won awards that year for video journalism and agricultural reporting.


  1. American Newspaper Representatives data (2018)
  2. Stevenson, Paula. "Research Newspapers by State: California" (PDF). American Newspaper Representatives. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  3. "Santa Maria Times". USNPL. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  4. Storke, Yda Addis.A Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, California, pp. 517-18 (1891)
  5. (31 March 2019). Important dates in April from 1882 to 2006, Santa Maria Times
  6. "About Santa Maria semi-weekly times". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  7. (1 July 2012). ‘The Gazette’ was SB county’s first newspaper, Santa Maria Times
  8. (27 March 1948). Kansan Purchases Santa Maria Times, Los Angeles Times
  9. "New Newspaper Plant". The Los Angeles Times. 19 Jun 1955.
  10. (13 November 19170. history, Santa Maria Times
  11. "Better Newspapers Contest winners announced". California News Publishers Association. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
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