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About Us

The Catalina Islander is a weekly community newspaper serving Avalon, Catalina Island (California), and its mainland friends. Rooted deeply in our community for nearly a century, The Islander has been continuously published since 1914. We proudly report on the local news, sports, and community events that occur in Avalon, at Two Harbors, many of our common mainland ports and everything in between. The staff at the Catalina Islander has effectively expanded our reach, integrating both digital and social media platforms and enabling our readership to access our content through various forms of media while significantly increasing our audience.

The Catalina Islander is committed to reporting on, gathering, and delivering timely news and informational content in print and online, covering the entire Island and region surrounding it. Our readership is our most valuable asset and continues to grow daily, solidifying our position as the only credible news and information source in our local market. The Catalina Islander publishes and distributes to 5,500 different locations, both on and off the Island, every Friday. In addition to our weekly publication, we also produce several special publications throughout the year. These include publications such as our In Room Magazine, which gets distributed to over 20,000 readers twice each year.

Meet the writers:


Dixie Redfearn

Dixie Redfearn  brings 30-plus years of journalism experience to the Catalina Islander, having worked at The Register and Daily Pilot in Orange County. Redfearn is also editor of the Seal Beach Sun.

 “This job is a dream come true for me, and one I came out of retirement to take. I look forward to working with the talented staff and serving our readers and community,” Redfearn said.

Charles M. Kelly
Charles is the assistant editor of the Seal Beach Sun, the Catalina Islander, and OC Prime. He was born in Long Beach, raised in Compton and Long Beach. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism. He covers crime and city government.

Judy Hibbs
Judy Hibbs has a Bachelor's Degree in History. She is the Coordinator for Marketing and Community Relations for Catalina Island Medical Center. She also does marketing and public relations for Catalina Island Inn, the Steamer Trunk and DC-3 Gifts & Grill. An island visitor since 1972 and resident since 1996, Hibbs is Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Catalina Island Museum, a Board Member for the Catalina Island Humane Society and a volunteer consultant for CHOICES. She writes about the quality of life for Avalon families, and is committed to guarding the heritage of Catalina Island as a legacy for future generations.

Jim Watson
Jim Watson is a freelance writer, author and filmmaker who has been contributing to the Catalina Islander since 2007. He writes the weekly column "Mysterious Island," which has been running in the Catalina Islander since January 2011.