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Our Heritage

It was not long after the introduction of Air Conditioning that Dean McNaughton read a magazine article in Time magazine touting the virtues of California and decided that the sunshine state would be his next adventure.

The West Point grad, a second-generation newsman and son-in-law of an Army general, cruised the coast from San Diego northward until he could find a newspaper publisher willing to part with their news operation. It took him all the way to the Bay Area and was in January 1961 that he wrote of the McNaughton family’s commitment to its community in the weekly Solano Republican, upgrading it to a daily newspaper and renaming it the Daily Republic.

McNaughton purchased the El Dorado County’s Mountain Democrat and Yolo’s Davis Enterprise in 1967. With his two sons at his side, McNaughton Newspapers, Inc. purchased the Winters Express in 1994, El Dorado Hills’ Village Life and Cameron Park Life in 1997, and The Divide’s Georgetown Gazette in 2004.

Today, Foy and Burt McNaughton continue to helm the family operation, with a new generation of family helping to keep the company’s promise to help grow and grow with its communities.

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Our Path Forward

McNaughton’s commitment to its communities across Northern California continues today, but the company has changed along with its customers. Embracing the modern media paradigm, the company works to ensure it continues to reach community-members however they choose to access information, across newspapers, magazines, special publications, web, apps, newsletters, video and social media. From Apple News to zines, the company aims to continue to develop its brands in order to maintain its position as the most important, interesting, relevant and trusted source of local information.

As part of more than a hundred years of taking care of local customers, growing its audience and local businesses, McNaughton is fortunate to be a loyal and trusted advisor to a large group of small to medium-sized businesses. Inline with its multiplatformism philosophy, McNaughton provides creative services and marketing tools to help businesses and organizations in its communities embrace and enrich the changing local media landscape.

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