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.

Ownership history

The paper is currently owned by , 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.[3] 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, Inc. purchased the Seattle Weekly from Voice Media Group in January 2013.[4]

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".[5]

Mark Baumgarten, former editor-in-chief and author of , was named editor-in-chief of the Seattle Weekly on March 12, 2013, replacing Mike Seely who resigned January of the same year.[6][7]

Notable columns

  • "Mossback", by Knute Berger as editor-in-chief
  • "Ask an Uptight Seattlite", advice by David Stoesz[8][9]
  • "Dategirl", by Judy McGuire[10]
  • "Seattleland"; by Rick Anderson[2]


The Seattle Weekly's principal competitor is The Stranger, another alternative weekly paper published in Seattle.