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.

The newspaper began publication in 1979 as The Paper in the Guerneville area of western Sonoma County[3] by struggling artist turned community journalist Nick Valentine and jazz pianist Bob Lucas.[4] It was renamed the Sonoma County Independent in 1993 under the ownership of John Boland and James Carroll. 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 and the Bohemian withdrew from Marin County.[6]

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. [7]


The Bohemian has won numerous awards for its work.