Washington City Paper

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Type Alternative weekly
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) SouthComm Communications
Publisher Eric Norwood
Editor Liz Garrigan
Founded 1981; 36 years ago (1981) (as 1981)
Headquarters 734 15th St. NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C., U.S. 20005
Circulation 68,059 weekly in 2011[1]
Website washingtoncitypaper.com

The Washington City Paper is a U.S. alternative weekly newspaper serving the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

It was started in 1981 by Russ Smith and Alan Hirsch, the owners of the Baltimore City Paper. For its first year it was called 1981. The name was changed to City Paper in January 1982 and in December 1982 Smith and Hirsch sold 80% of it to Chicago Reader, Inc.[2] In 1988, Chicago Reader, Inc. acquired the remaining 20% interest. In July 2007 both the Washington City Paper and the Chicago Reader were sold to the Tampa-based Creative Loafing chain. In 2012, Creative Loafing Atlanta and the Washington City Paper were sold to SouthComm Communications.[3]

The City Paper is distributed on Thursdays; its average circulation in 2006 was 85,588. The paper's editorial mix is focused exclusively on local news and arts.

Michael Schaffer was named editor in April, 2010,[4] two months after Erik Wemple resigned to run the new local startup TBD. Amy Austin, the longtime general manager, was promoted to publisher in 2003.

The owner of the Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder filed a lawsuit against the City Paper for a cover story that portrayed him in a negative light.[5][6]


Regular City Paper features include:

  • a cover feature, 2,500 to 12,000 words in length
  • an arts feature, 1,200 to 2,000 words in length
  • The District Line, a section of shorter news features about D.C.
  • Loose Lips, a news column and blog devoted to D.C. local politics, written by Jeffrey Anderson[7]
  • Young & Hungry, a food column and blog written by Laura Hayes, and previously by Jessica Sidman and Chris Shott[8]
  • Housing Complex, a real estate column and blog by Andrew Giambrone, previously written by Aaron Weiner[9]
  • Music, theater, film, gallery, and book reviews by various writers
  • City Lights, a section comprising critics' events picks.

Also published are several syndicated features:

Notable former staffers[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Audit Report, December 2011". Larkspur, Calif.: Verified Audit Circulation. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ Lowman, Stephen (August 9, 2009). "City Talk: The key players of Washington's influential and controversial weekly paper look back on its legacy". Washington Post. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ Celeste, Eric (2012-07-03). "Nashville-based media company SouthComm acquires Creative Loafing Atlanta and Washington City Paper". Clatl.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  4. ^ Shott, Chris (2010-04-27). "Michael Schaffer is New Editor of Washington City Paper - City Desk". Washingtoncitypaper.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  5. ^ McKenna, Dave (2010-11-19). "The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  6. ^ "Snyder Sues". Michael Schaffer. 2011-02-02. 
  7. ^ Sommer, Will. "Loose Lips - All About D.C. Politics". Washingtoncitypaper.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  8. ^ Pipkin, Whitney. "Young & Hungry - D.C. Restaurants and Food". Washingtoncitypaper.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  9. ^ Wiener, Aaron. "Housing Complex - D.C. Real Estate, Development, and Urbanism". Washingtoncitypaper.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lefrak, Mikaela. "The David Carr Generation". The Atlantic. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d Dixon, Glenn. "The Paper Where Ta-Nehisi Coates Learned the Ropes". The New Republic. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  12. ^ "The 60-second interview: Erik Wemple, Washington Post media critic". Politico. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  13. ^ Mullin, Benjamin. "Press critic Jack Shafer to join Politico". Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Amanda Hess to be Keynote Speaker at Raliance Media Summit". Poynter. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  15. ^ Lynch, Matthew. "Deadspin hires Dave McKenna for the ESPN beat". Politico. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  16. ^ Scocca, Tom. "Washington NFL Owner Daniel Snyder Finds Another Embarrassing, No-Win Project to Spend His Money On". Slate. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  17. ^ a b c "Who We Are". Slate. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  18. ^ Roush, Chris. "Houston Chronicle econ reporter DePillis leaves for CNNMoney". Talking Biz News. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 

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