Auburn Reporter

Auburn Reporter

The Auburn Reporter was part of a three-newspaper group (also including community papers in Renton and Kent) launched in South King County in 1995 by Puget Sound Publishing Co. The company published all three titles until 2007, when they were purchased by Sound Publishing.

Today, the Auburn Reporter serves a community of 66,000. Host of the third-largest Veteran’s day parade west of the Mississippi River, Auburn has several locations on the National State Registers of Historic Places, including the Neely Mansion. A longtime mecca for modern day retailers, this suburb of Seattle and Tacoma is known for its Supermall of The Great Northwest.

Winner of 5 industry awards in 2015!

The Auburn Reporter won five awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA), including a General Excellence award, Best Business News Story, and Best General Feature Story.

In all, Sound Publishing took home 229 WNPA awards. Seventy-five of those were 1st place, including the coveted General Excellence. Sound also scooped up nine Local Media Association awards.

At Sound, we remain dedicated to covering local stories that affect each of our communities. No other news source reports down to the neighborhood level like we do.



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Circulation Comparison

Zip Zip Name Nielsen Estimated Households Auburn Reporter Sound Publishing Coverage Seattle Times (Sunday) Seattle Times Coverage (Sunday)
98001 Auburn 11,043 3,927 36% 1,683 15.2%
98002 Auburn 12,825 8,312 65% 1,810 14%
98047 Pacific 2,303 1,488 64.6% 221 9.6%
98092 Auburn 14,956 10,171 68% 2,052 13.7%
98390 Sumner 4,516 25 0.6% 378 8.4%
Mail 19
Total 45,643 23,942 52.5% 6,144 13.5%
Sources: CAC Consolidated Media Report (Q 1, 2016), Seattle Times 2015 AAM Audit (Sunday), U.S. Census: 2014 American Community Survey (5-year), 2015 Pulse Research readership survey

I have used the Auburn Reporter for three months every week since our grand opening and have had a increase of 5% to 9% in sales during this time. Without a doubt Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Auburn has benefited from the local coverage and advertising targeting the Auburn area.
Gary Depping
Owner, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Auburn WA

Green Editions

A selection of Auburn Reporter printed newspapers and suplemental publications. Click a cover to view detail.