Seattle Weekly

The Seattle Weekly is a freely 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.

Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly (cover)
Type Alternative weekly
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Sound Publishing
Publisher Eric LaFontaine[1]
Editor Seth Sommerfeld[2]
Founded 1976
Headquarters 307 Third Avenue South, Second Floor, Seattle, Washington 98104, USA
Circulation 38,000[3]
ISSN 0898-0845
OCLC number 17527271

Ownership history

The paper is currently owned by Sound Publishing, Inc., the largest community news organization in Washington State, 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 1997–2000; 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.


  • "Mossback", by Knute Berger as editor-in-chief
  • "Ask an Uptight Seattlite", advice by David Stoesz[9][10]
  • "Dategirl", by Judy McGuire[11]
  • "Seattleland"; by Rick Anderson[12]
  • 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 bi-monthly paper published in Seattle.


  1. ^ "Seattle Weekly News & Comment". Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  2. ^ "Seattle Weekly". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  3. ^ "Seattle Weekly". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Retrieved 2007-02-22.
  4. ^ "Village Voice Media Execs Acquire The Company's Famed Alt Weeklies, Form New Holding Company". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Seattle Weekly and SF Weekly Sold in Separate Transactions - Industry News -". 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". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Mike Seely leaving Seattle Weekly, Ballard bound". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  9. ^ "Seattle Weekly: Ask an Uptight Seattleite". Retrieved 2009-03-04.
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  11. ^ "Seattle Weekly: Dategirl". Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  12. ^ "Seattle Weekly: Seattleland". Retrieved 2014-11-12.

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