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The Marin Independent Journal is the main newspaper of Marin County, Californiamarker. The Marin IJ has over 93,000 readers from its daily circulation of 23,500. The paper reaches 47% of Marin County adults. The paper is owned by California Newspapers Partnership which is in turn mostly owned by MediaNews Group.


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. 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.

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". 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.


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

2007 APNEC Awards

Spot News Coverage
General Award - 2nd place for the article Powerful Punch

Sports Writing
Ryan Metcalfe - 1st place for the article Parent Trap

Feature Writing
Rick Polito - 1st place for the article Running Death Valley

Josh Ruthnick - 1st place for the article Tour of California'


  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, accessed June 7, 2008
  3. California Newspaper Publishers Association, California Press Association Hall of Fame, "Justus F. Craemer, San Rafael Indpendent-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 |
  6. 2007 APNEC Awards - Newswriting Competition
  7. 2007 APNEC Awards - Photo Competition

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