A Portland Tribune newsrack
|Owner||Pamplin Media Group|
|Staff writers||14 (newsroom total)|
|Headquarters||6605 S.E. Lake Road
Portland, OR 97222-2161
The Tribune is part of the Pamplin Media Group, which publishes a number of community newspapers in the Portland metropolitan area, and also owns and operates the talk radio station KPAM, and several other radio stations throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Tribune has twice been chosen as the nation's best non-daily paper. Launched in 2001, the paper was originally published twice-weekly, but was reduced to weekly in 2008.
Portland businessman Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. announced his intention to found the paper in the summer of 2000. The first issue of what started as a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) paper was published February 9, 2001, joining The Oregonian, the city's only daily general interest newspaper, and the alternative weeklies Willamette Week and The Portland Mercury. At the time, it was a rare example of the expansion of print news, in a time when many cities were seeing newspapers merge or go out of business. But its launch preceded a significant national downturn in advertising sales, which posed difficulties for a startup newspaper. Eleven months after its launch, the Tribune cut back on home deliveries. The newspaper was reportedly losing money faster than anticipated after its first year. By late 2006, its newsroom staff had been reduced to 27.
On May 5, 2008, the paper announced it would switch effective immediately to a once-a-week print format, with its Thursdays print edition accompanied by daily updates to its website.
In July 2009, "difficult economic conditions" led to the layoff of two reporters and the resignation of its managing editor, resulting in a newsroom staff of 14.
The paper deals almost exclusively with issues local to Portland and the U.S. state of Oregon. The paper is known for its extensive coverage of local high school, college and professional sports teams, with concentration on the NBA, Pac-10, Big Sky Conference and West Coast Conference.
- Portland Tribune makes more cuts, a July 21, 2009 article from the Portland Business Journal
- Rogoway, Mike (February 9, 2001). "Tribune hits porches, newsstands today". The Columbian.
- Redden, Jim (February 7, 2006). "Tribune marks five years serving Portland". Portland Tribune.
- Fost, Dan (August 1, 2001). "Twice-weekly Tribune making a run at Portland news market - Wealthy owner may be guarantee of staying power". The San Francisco Chronicle.
- Jaquiss, Nigel (January 9, 2002). "The Incredible Shrinking Tribune". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- Jaquiss, Nigel (January 30, 2002). "The incredible shrinking empire of Bob Pamplin: The struggling Portland Tribune is the least of his problems". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
- "Tribune enters next phase with daily newspaper on the Web". Portland Tribune. May 5, 2008.
- Geddes, Ryan (May 29, 2007). "Tigard teen goes out during semifinals of national spelling bee". The Portland Tribune.