Renton Reporter

Renton Reporter

Founded in 1995, the Renton Reporter follows in the proud tradition of about two dozen community newspapers that have covered the community for more than 100 years. The first of those community voices was the Renton Sentinel, first published in November 1898 when the city was known for building bricks. The Renton Observer in 1910 called itself “The niftiest small-city paper published anywhere in the world,” while the Renton News Record in 1960 proclaimed the city’s heritage in the commercial airplane industry with its slogan, “The Voice of the Jet Transport Capital of the World.” Over time, those community newspapers disappeared or consolidated, eventually becoming the Daily Record Chronicle in 1979. Today, the Renton Reporter continues that tradition of community service with hyperlocal news and features in print and online. We still think we’re nifty and Renton, birthplace of the Boeing 707 and 737, is still the “Jet Capital of the World” as far as we’re concerned.

Winner of 4 industry awards in 2015!

The Renton Reporter won 4 awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, including awards for multiple advertiser ads, best general 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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Circulation Comparison

Zip Zip Name Nielsen Occupied Households Renton Reporter Sound Publishing, Inc. Coverage Seattle Times (Sun) Seattle Times Coverage (Sun)
98055 Renton 8,992 4,295 48% 1,393 15.5%
98056 Renton 13,841 7,580 55% 2,313 16.7%
98057 Renton 6,024 3,471 58% 1,354 22.5%
98058 Renton 16,133 2,700 17% 3,113 19.3%
98059 Renton 13,258 6,350 48% 2,897 21.9%
Misc. 113
Total 58,248 24,509 42% 11,070 19%
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


Because of the consistency of running an ad in the Reporter Papers on a weekly basis for almost 8 years, I have been able to keep my name in front of thousands of readers. This has been such an important element of my business plan and I know it works! I don’t just get “new” clients calling me … I get friends & acquaintances who are reminded I’m in business because they see my ad regularly, and then they call me when they need me!
Marti Reeder – John L Scott Real Estate

Green Editions

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