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Seattle Weekly

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Seattle Weekly
TypeAlternative weekly
Owner(s)Sound Publishing
EditorAndy Hobbs[1]
Staff writersCameron Sheppard
Headquarters307 Third Avenue South
Second Floor
Seattle, Washington 98104 USA
OCLC number17527271

The Seattle Weekly is an alternative biweekly distributed newspaper in Seattle, Washington, United States. It was founded by Darrell Oldham and David Brewster as The Weekly. Its first issue was published on March 31, 1976. The newspaper published its final print edition on February 27, 2019 and transitioned to web-only content on March 1, 2019.

Ownership history[edit]

The paper is currently owned by Sound Publishing, Inc., the largest community news organization in Washington State,[3] and is distributed each Wednesday.

Former owners of the Seattle Weekly include Sasquatch Publishing/Quickfish Media, Seattle from 1976 to 1997; Stern Publishing, New York from 1997 to 2000; Village Voice Media, New York from 2000 to 2012; and Voice Media Group from September 2012 to January 2013.[4] Village Voice Media executives Scott Tobias, Christine Brennan and Jeff Mars bought Village Voice Media's papers and associated web properties from its founders to form Voice Media Group. Sound Publishing purchased the Seattle Weekly from Voice Media Group in January 2013.[5]

In July 2006, longtime editor-in-chief Knute Berger announced he would be leaving the paper. The Seattle Times profiled the change in leadership at the company in a Business & Technology section news report titled, "Uncertain Times at Seattle Weekly".[6]

Mark Baumgarten, former City Arts editor-in-chief and author of Love Rock Revolution, was named editor-in-chief of the Seattle Weekly on March 12, 2013, replacing Mike Seely who resigned January of the same year.[7][8] In January 2018, Seth Sommerfeld was named editor of Seattle Weekly upon Mark Baumgarten's transition to editorial director, King County. In June 2018, Andy Hobbs replaced Baumgarten as editorial director, and in August 2018, was named editor of the Seattle Weekly.

Eric LaFontaine was named publisher in May 2018 and put in change of all digital and print operations at the publication.[9]

On February 25, 2019, Sound Publishing announced that the paper would transition to web-only content in a move similar to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer a decade earlier.[10] The final print edition was published on February 27, 2019, and the web-only portal was launched two days later.[11]


  • "Mossback", by Knute Berger as editor-in-chief
  • "Ask an Uptight Seattlite", advice by David Stoesz[12][13]
  • "Dategirl", by Judy McGuire[14]
  • "Seattleland", by Rick Anderson[15]
  • Space Witch, astrology by Elissa Ball
  • Stash Box, cannabis culture by Meagan Angus
  • Beer Hunting, beer by Jacob Uitti
  • Constant Reader, literature by Paul Constant
  • "Electric Eye" by Brooklyn Benjestorf (2015–2016)


The Seattle Weekly's principal competitor is The Stranger, an alternative biweekly paper published in Seattle.[16]


  1. ^ "Seattle Weekly". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  2. ^ "Seattle Weekly". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Retrieved 2007-02-22.
  3. ^ "Seattle Weekly sold to Sound Publishing". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Village Voice Media Execs Acquire the Company's Famed Alt Weeklies, Form New Holding Company". Tech Crunch. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Seattle Weekly and SF Weekly Sold in Separate Transactions - Industry News - AltWeeklies.com". www.altweeklies.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  6. ^ Pryne, Eric (2006-07-23). "Uncertain times at Seattle Weekly". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-02-22.
  7. ^ "Seattle Weekly Names Mark Baumgarten Editor-in-Chief". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Mike Seely leaving Seattle Weekly, Ballard bound". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  9. ^ "Eric LaFontaine Named Seattle Weekly Publisher". Seattle Weekly. 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2023-08-26.
  10. ^ Connelly, Joel (February 25, 2019). "Seattle Weekly: Once-great writers' paper ceases print publication". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  11. ^ Roberts, Paul (February 25, 2019). "Seattle Weekly stops the presses, putting a period on four decades of print". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Seattle Weekly: Ask an Uptight Seattleite". 13 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  13. ^ "Uptight Seattleite columnist revealed - Local - MyNorthwest.com". Archived from the original on 2012-11-28.
  14. ^ "Seattle Weekly: Dategirl". 13 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  15. ^ "Seattle Weekly: Seattleland". Retrieved 2014-11-12.
  16. ^ Seattle Weekly Archived 2010-06-16 at the Wayback Machine at VillageVoiceMedia.com

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