Islands’ Sounder

Islands’ Sounder

Founded as the Orcas Sounder in 1964, Orcas Island’s hometown newspaper later became the Orcas Island Booster before getting its current name, the Islands’ Sounder, in 1974. Through all of its iterations, the Sounder has always served an island community offering a wide expanse of pastoral beauty, its rocky shorelines sloping up to loamy farmland, rising upwards again to rocky peaks. The island’s 56.9 square miles are dotted with small hamlets, offering world-class restaurants, boutique shopping, hotels and bed and breakfasts, cultural events, musical performances and outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, sailing, hiking and more. Orcas is also home to Moran State Park. There, from the top of 2,400-foot Mount Constitution, visitors can take in breathtaking 360-degree views of the outlying islands and the Cascade Mountain range.

Winner of 12 industry awards in 2015!

The Islands’ Sounder won a 12 awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, including awards for lifestyle/culture special sections, general excellence, best environmental story, best crime and court story, and best lifestyle 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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ages 25 to 54 years


family households


have college


median household

Source: U.S. Census: 2014 American Community Survey (5-year)


Circulation Comparison

ZipZip NameNielsen Occupied HouseholdsIslands' SounderSound Publishing, Inc. CoverageSeattle Times (Fri)Seattle Times Coverage (Fri)
Sources: AAM / CAC Consolidated Media Report (Q 3, 2017), U.S. Census: 2014 American Community Survey (5-year), 2017 Pulse Research readership survey

As a community member, parent, and fire chief of Orcas Island I appreciate how the Islands’ Sounder works to inform the public of important issues facing the people of the San Juan Islands. Colleen and her staff are incredibly responsive and helpful in working with the local emergency providers to inform islanders of situations affecting public safety. Their customer service is excellent! All interactions with the Sounder staff come with a smile.”
Kevin K. O’Brien,
Fire Chief, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue