The California Sunday Magazine

The California Sunday Magazine
Editor in Chief Douglas McGray
Frequency Bi-monthly
First issue 5 October 2014 (2014-10-05)
Company California Sunday, Inc.
Country United States
Based in San Francisco
Language English
OCLC number 919092479

The California Sunday Magazine is a longform Sunday magazine featuring stories about the Western United States, Latin America, and Asia.[1]


The California Sunday Magazine was founded in October 2014 by Douglas McGray and Chas Edwards. The first issue was delivered to 400,000 households as an insert with the Sunday editions of the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Diego Union-Tribune.[2][3]

In 2016, the magazine won the National Magazine Award for overall excellence in print magazine photography.[4] Other finalists included National Geographic, New York, Vanity Fair, and The Wall Street Journal.

Pop-Up Magazine

California Sunday, Inc. also produces a live show called Pop-Up Magazine. McGray said: “We started a media company. We approached it like a story production company. Some of the things we’d make would be live experiences, live stories, and some of the things we’d make would be stories for you to read at home.”[5] With both, McGray says the focus is on “finding fascinating, surprising stories and designing them beautifully.”[1]


  1. 1 2 "Is Live Storytelling Profitable? Pop-Up Magazine Tests A New Business Model". Forbes. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. Baisotti, Tony (21 October 2014). "The California Sunday Magazine sets out to win the West". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  3. Layne, Ken (29 January 2014). "California Is Finally Getting a Real Weekly Magazine". Gawker. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  4. Ellie awards 2016 winners announced
  5. "Pop-Up Magazine Is A Here-Today, Gone-Tomorrow Experiment In Storytelling". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
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