Mercer Island Reporter

Mercer Island Reporter

Just five minutes by car outside the major metropolitan city of Seattle, Mercer Island is a wooded suburban oasis of 22,800 surrounded by a vast, wide ribbon of Lake Washington in full view of the majestic Mt. Rainier in the distance. The Mercer Island Reporter newspaper as it is known today was founded in 1954, by Fred M. Bassetti, an immigrant who also wrote and printed an Italian-language paper in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. Through the years, the Reporter has remained true to its roots. The newspaper staff knows that the paper does not belong to them but to the people of the Island community. It remains the indisputable source of local news — documenting the events, people and the ideas they care deeply about

Winner of 6 industry awards in 2015!

The Mercer Island Reporter won 6 awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, including awards for general excellence, best business feature 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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ages 25 to 54 years




median household

Circulation Comparison

Zip Zip Name Nielsen Occupied Households Mercer Island Reporter Sound Publishing, Inc. Coverage Seattle Times (Fri) Seattle Times Coverage (Fri)
98040 Mercer Island 9,719 2,606 27% 3,440  35%
Misc 238
Total 9,719  2,844  29% 3,440  35%
Sources: Sources: AAM / CAC Consolidated Media Report (Q3, 2017), U.S. Census: 2014 American Community Survey (5-year), 2017 Pulse Research readership survey


Green Editions

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