North Bay Bohemian

The North Bay Bohemian is a free weekly newspaper published in the North Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, United States. The newspaper is distributed in Sonoma and Napa counties. Since October 2019, Daedalus Howell has been its editor.

North Bay Bohemian
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The front page of the October 17, 2007 edition of the North Bay Bohemian
TypeAlternative weekly
Owner(s)Metro Newspapers
PublisherRosemary Olson
PresidentDan Pulcrano
Headquarters847 5th Street
Santa Rosa, California 95404
United States
Sister newspapersPacific Sun, Good Times, Metro Silicon Valley

The newspaper began publication in 1979 as The Paper in the Guerneville area of western Sonoma County[2] by struggling artist turned community journalist Nick Valentine and jazz pianist Bob Lucas.[3] Elizabeth Poole bought the struggling publication with family money shortly after its 1979 debut and owned it until its 1990 purchase by John Boland and James Carroll.[3][4]

The Paper was renamed the Sonoma County Independent in 1993 and published every other week under Boland and Carroll, who moved its offices to Santa Rosa. In 1994 the Independent was purchased by Metro Newspapers, an independent group of three Bay Area alternative weeklies, and the publication frequency was changed to weekly.

In 2000, the newspaper was rebranded as the North Bay Bohemian and the circulation area was expanded to Marin and Napa counties.[5] In 2015, Metro Newspapers acquired the Pacific Sun, which covered Marin County, and the Bohemian withdrew from Marin County.[6]

In September 2018, Stett Holbrook resigned as the publication's editor-in-chief.[7] In fall of 2019, longtime contributor Daedalus Howell came in as interim editor.


The Bohemian's logo was originally designed by graphic designer Martin Venezky and later refined by typographer Jim Parkinson. It was based on the 19th Century wedge serif typeface Saracen as redrawn by Jonathan Hoefler.[8]


The Bohemian has won numerous awards for its work.

  • California News Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest: [9][10]
    • Editorial Comment, First place, 2013
    • Investigative Journalism, second place, 2013
    • Special Section, Blue Ribbon Finalist (Best Of issue), 2013
    • Arts & Entertainment, second place, 2012
    • Best Feature Story, second place, 2012
  • Awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies:[11][12]
    • Music criticism, first place, 2012
    • Best blog, first place, 2010
    • Best special section (Best of the North Bay), second place, 2010
    • Food writing (2008, 2007 and 2006)
    • Special section (2009 and 2008)
    • Music criticism (2005 and 2004)
    • Photography (1999)
    • Illustration (1998)
  • For investigative journalism:


  1. ^ "North Bay Bohemian". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  2. ^ Cahill, Greg; Giles, Gretchen; Templeton, David (September 2, 2003). "The Silver Anniversary: Looking back at a quarter century". North Bay Bohemian. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Robinson, Frank (July 27, 2011). "The Paper's Founder Nick Valentine Dies in Australia". Sonoma West Times & News. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Hurley, Maureen (July 28, 2011). "Remembering Nick Valentine & Phil Osborn at The Paper". Literrata. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Iwan, Christine (October 5, 2000). "Sonoma County Independent Adopts New Identity". Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  6. ^ Holbrook, Stett (May 13, 2015). "The 'Sun' Also Rises". North Bay Bohemian. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Holbrook, Stett (September 26, 2018). "Fare Thee Well". North Bay Bohemian. p. 9. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "Saracen: A missing Victorian gem". Hoefler & Co. Retrieved 10 Aug 2014.
  9. ^ "Bohemian Wins 3 CNPA Awards". Bohoblog. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  10. ^ Barrett Holmes Pitner (May 6, 2013). "CNPA Honors Nine AAN Publications". Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  11. ^ Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awards
  12. ^ "2012 AltWeekly Awards Winners Are Announced | Honors & Achievements |". Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  13. ^ Howell, Daedalus (May 24, 2006). "Wine Tasting Room of the Week: Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves". North Bay Bohemian. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  14. ^ Howell, Daedalus (June 7, 2006). "Wine Tasting Room of the Week: Bartholomew Park Winery". North Bay Bohemian. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  15. ^ Howell, Daedalus (October 4, 2006). "Wine Tasting Room of the Week: Wilson Winery". North Bay Bohemian. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  16. ^ "#23 Feinstein's Conflict of Interest in Iraq". Project Censored.
  17. ^ Byrne, Peter (January 27, 2007). "Dianne Feinstein: A Question of Ethics". North Bay Bohemian. Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2009.
  18. ^ "2007 IRE Awards winners". Investigative Reporters and Editors. Archived from the original on 2009-10-12.

1999 Lincoln Steffens Award for investigative journalism for coverage of deaths of inmates at the Sonoma County Jail