Salem Weekly

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Salem Weekly
Salem Weekly Logo
TypeAlternative monthly
PublisherA.P. Walther
Headquarters104 Commercial St NE
Salem, OR 97301
 United States
Circulation50,000 readers per issue

Salem Weekly (formerly Salem Monthly) was an alternative newspaper publication in Salem, Oregon, United States. The semi-weekly paper was established as a monthly in April 2003[1] and closed in November 2018.[2] It is owned and published by Andrew Paul "A.P." Walther.[1]


The Salem Monthly traces its origins to a coffee house in downtown Salem, Oregon known as the Coffee House Cafe. Dating back to the mid-1990s, the Coffee House Cafe served as a popular meeting place and hangout for Salem's youth culture. In its later years of operation, the cafe began publishing a newsletter to engage customers in Salem's community and cultural affairs. Inspired by the reaction to the cafe's newsletter, cafe owner A.P. Walther decided to start up a publishing operation for an alternative newspaper in Salem, Oregon.

Salem Weekly celebrated 10 years of operation in April 2013.

On November 28, 2018, the Statesman Journal reported the closure of Salem Weekly, which the Weekly announced in a letter relayed to the Statesman via local blogger Brian Hines. The last issue of the paper was published on October 25.[2]


Topics covered in past issues include: the stigma of living on welfare; the dangers of pollution and whether recycling helps; Chemeketa Community College's financial struggles; local gay citizens' reactions to the nullification of gay marriages that took place in Multnomah County; local residents' experiences of racism; internment of Japanese, Italian, and German Americans during World War II; the Native American perspective on Thanksgiving; Bush's abuses of power; Noam Chomsky and the Iraq War.


Publisher A.P. Walther says Salem Monthly was created to give Salem "exposure to local news, thought, and culture in the greater Salem area."[3]


  1. ^ a b "Long-haired business leader" (PDF). Salem Business Journal. August 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2007-04-18.
  2. ^ a b "Salem Weekly closes down 'effective immediately' after 14 years in business". Statesman Journal. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  3. ^ Walther, A.P. (2005). "Why Salem Monthly?". Salem Monthly. Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2018-11-29.

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