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 1 industry awards in 2017!

The Mercer Island Reporter won a first place award in the News Reporting category from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association..

In all, Sound Publishing took home 275 WNPA awards. Ninety-four 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




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Circulation Comparison

ZipZip NameNielsen Occupied HouseholdsMercer Island ReporterSound Publishing, Inc. CoverageSeattle Times (Fri)Seattle Times Coverage (Fri)
Total9,719 2,844 29%3,440 35%
98040Mercer Island9,7192,60627%3,440 35%
Sources: Sources: AAM / CAC Consolidated Media Report (Q2, 2016), U.S. Census: 2016 American Community Survey (5-year), 2017 Pulse Research readership survey