The Bakersfield Californian

The Bakersfield Californian

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The Bakersfield Californian is the daily newspaper serving Bakersfield, California and surrounding Kern County in the state's San Joaquin Valley.

History



The Californian is a direct descendant of the first paper published in the region, The Daily Courier in 1866. The Weekly Courier was published in the mining town of Havilah, California, about 50 miles northeast of Bakersfield. The newspaper moved to Bakersfield in 1872 and changed the name to The Kern County Weekly Courier. In 1876, the Courier merged with The Southern Californian, another local newspaper, and became The Kern County Californian. The newspaper's name was changed to The Daily Californian in 1891. The Kern County superintendent of schools, Alfred Harrell, purchased the newspaper in 1897, and renamed it The Bakersfield Californian in 1907. For over 110 years, the newspaper has been in the control of the Harrell-Fritts family and is currently run by Virginia F. "Ginger" Moorhouse, who is the great-granddaughter of Alfred Harrell.

Prior to 1980, former Bakersfield Mayor Mary K. Shell worked as a reporter and columnist for The Californian.

Other publications

The Californian runs several other publications in Kern County including the Tehachapi News, Mas, The Northwest Voice, and The Southwest Voice. Mas is a free, weekly magazine aimed at Bakersfield's large Hispanic population. The Northwest Voice was a prototype for many hyper local news efforts and combines print with online publications, with an...
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