The Wake Weekly is an American weekly, privately owned and independent newspaper based in Wake Forest, North Carolina, primarily covering the North Carolina counties of Wake and Franklin. It is published by Allen Publishing LLC, a corporation owned by Todd Allen, son of original owners Robert W. and Margaret G. Allen. Robert Allen acquired the newspaper in 1952 from his brother and owned and operated it for nearly 50 years with Margaret.
Well known within the field of journalism, Margaret was awarded the National Newspaper Association's Emma C. McKinney award which is one the highest and most distinguished tributes in community journalism, and is presented to a working or retired newspaperwoman who has provided distinguished service and leadership to the community press and her community. The Allens were named to the North Carolina Journalism Hall of fame in 2006 (Margaret posthumously as she died November 1, 2005), the first couple to be jointly named.
Allen Publishing, LLC, acquired the paper from the family in 2009 as a five-member board. In early 2010, Todd Allen bought out the other members to become sole owner. The same year, The Wake Weekly name was replaced in its three primary coverage areas as The Franklin Weekly, The Rolesville-Wake Crossroads Weekly and The Wake Forest Weekly, under the auspices of The Wake Weekly Family of Community Newspapers.
Each year, The Wake Weekly newspapers have consistently won awards from the North Carolina Press Association. In 1993 and 2009, The Wake Weekly, and, in 2011, 2013 and 2016, The Wake Forest Weekly were awarded First Place in General Excellence, and first place for sports reporting in 2015, among other awards.