Santa Barbara Independent
  • 122 W. Figueroa St.
  • Santa Barbara, California 93101
  • Phone: (805) 965-5205
  • Fax: (805) 965-5518
  • Circulation: 40,000 (as of March 2012)
  • Audited By: Verified Audit Circulation
  • Publication Day: Every Thursday
  • Market Served: Santa Barbara County
  • National Advertising: Alternative Weekly Network
The Santa Barbara Independent, located in one of the California's most beautiful destination resort areas, provides the most comprehensive arts, entertainment and in-depth news coverage of the South Coast region.

The 25-year-old Santa Barbara Independent is considered a must-read by locals and tourists, both for its extensive arts coverage and its tough environmental reporting.

The Independent is actively involved in community affairs, sponsoring more than 125 charity events, nonprofit fund-raisers and community festivals.

During the past two years in statewide competitions The Independent has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association for the quality of its coverage and its editorial writing.

Through The Santa Barbara Independent, advertisers are able to reach readers in one of California's most affluent and fastest-growing regions.
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Recent AAN Awards

2009 Investigative Reporting, 2nd Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Ethan Stewart
2008 Innovation, 2nd Place (Circulation Below 55000) by Matt Kettmann and Aly Comingore
2008 Media Reporting/Criticism, 1st Place (Circulation Below 55000) by Nick Welsh
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 18-24 (12%)
 25-34 (19%)
 35-44 (21%)
 45-54 (24%)
 55+ (24%)

 F: 68%
 M: 32%
Attended College:

Graduated College:
Occupation Professional/ Managerial:

Median Household Income:

Source: Verified Audit, December 2004


Title Name Email address*
Editor-in-Chief Marianne Partridge ---
Publisher Joe Cole ---
Senior Editor Michelle Drown ---
National Sales Laszlo Hodosy ---
News Editor Nick Welsh ---
Senior Editor Matt Kettmann ---
Production Manager Megan Packard-Hillegas ---
Staff Photographer Paul Wellman ---
Classical Arts Editor Charles Donelan ---
News Editor Tyler Hayden ---
Webmaster Robert LeBlanc ---
Assistant Art Director Chelsea Lyon ---
Business Manager/Human Resources Brandi Rivera ---
Advertising Director Sarah Sinclair ---

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