|Owner(s)||Pamplin Media Group|
The Hillsboro Tribune is a weekly newspaper printed on Fridays that covers the city of Hillsboro in the U.S. state of Oregon. Owned by the Pamplin Media Group, the newspaper published its first issue on September 7, 2012. It is Pamplin's first new paper since 2001, when the company started the Portland Tribune, and was designed to complement its other local papers in the Portland metropolitan area. The Tribune competes with the twice-weekly Hillsboro Argus, which is owned by Advance Publications, and which also publishes The Oregonian that competes with the Portland Tribune. John Schrag serves as the first publisher, with Kevin Harden, Jim Redden, and Jennifer Anderson as the news team. Pamplin is distributing the paper for free at newsstands in the Hillsboro and Aloha areas, as well as via home delivery with a subscription.
Pamplin announced the launch of the new newspaper on August 21, 2012, in the News-Times of Forest Grove. Hillsboro last had two newspapers in 1932, at which time the owner of the Argus purchased the Washington Independent and merged the papers. The Tribune was originally published biweekly, but at the time of its launch its owners were already hoping to expand to weekly publication, and this was goal achieved in March 2013.
The first edition of the newspaper published on Friday, September 7, 2012, included stories covering the planned Hillsboro baseball stadium, STEM programs (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in local schools, and exploring Hillsboro and the county's economic impact upon the larger metropolitan area. The cover story dealt with money the State of Oregon owed to Washington County being held-up by a potential glitch in a law. This inaugural edition was mailed to 7,000 residents, with other copies available at green newspaper boxes in the local area, primarily at businesses.
The next month, publishers for the Argus launched the Forest Grove Leader to compete with the News-Times in neighboring Forest Grove, which was published by the same company as the Tribune. The publisher for the Tribune and News-Times stated he thought the new paper in Forest Grove was retaliation for the launch of the Tribune. In March 2013, the paper began printing editions weekly. The Tribune won three awards in its category in 2014 from the Society of Professional Journalists' Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest for its 2013 coverage.
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