Kent Reporter

Kent Reporter

The Kent Reporter was part of a three-newspaper group (also including Auburn and Renton) launched in South King County in 1995. Today, the Kent Reporter covers the city’s geographic area of 29 square miles, including outlying unincorporated areas adjacent to city limits. The City of Kent is the fourth-largest city in King County, with a population more than 86,000. As a culturally rich destination, Kent’s quality of life features neighborhoods with strong community ties, 60 parks, an exceptional school district, and nationally accredited police and fire departments. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing.

Winner of 5 industry awards in 2015!

The Kent Reporter won 5 awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, including awards for news writer of the year, best crime story, and best personality profile.

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 Occupied Households Kent Reporter Sound Publishing, Inc. Coverage Seattle Times (Fri) Seattle Times Coverage (Fri)
98030 Kent 12,676 6,099 48% 987 8%
98031 Kent 13,340 8,531 64% 1,445 11%
98032 Kent 13,546 5,538 41% 1,623 12%
98042 Kent 15,976 3,987 25% 1,984 12%
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Total 55,538 24,700 45% 6,039 11%
Sources: CAC Consolidated Media Report (Q 1, 2016), Seattle Times 2015 AAM Audit (Fri), U.S. Census: 2014 American Community Survey (5-year), 2015 Pulse Research readership survey


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Green Editions

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