Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

The Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber was founded on March 7, 1957, by two budding newsmen, Carl Nelson and John VanDevanter. The Beachcomber went head to head with the island’s other newspaper — the Vashon Island News-Record, which had been covering the island since 1919.  Within a year, Nelson and VanDevanter purchased the News-Record, and The Beachcomber became the island’s primary newspaper. It was later purchased by Jay and Joan Becker, who operated the paper for nearly 20 years, until 1995, when they sold the weekly to Sound Publishing. The island’s newspaper of record, The Beachcomber continues to provide this ferry-dependent community with in-depth coverage, producing news and feature stories on education, arts, business, sports and more.

Winner of 10 industry awards in 2017!

The Vashon/Maury Island Beachcomber won 10 awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, including two awards for First Place!

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 HouseholdsVashon-Maury Island BeachcomberSound Publishing, Inc. CoverageSeattle Times (Sun)Seattle Times Coverage (Sun)
Sources: AAM / CAC Consolidated Media Report (Q2, 2018), U.S. Census: 2016 American Community Survey (5-year), 2017 Pulse Research readership survey

We have advertised regularly in the Beachcomber for over a year.  People use the Beachcomber as their primary source for business look ups and to see what is happening on the island during the week.  I have had many people say they looked our number up in the Beachcomber.   Aside from the great advertising, the staff has been a pleasure to work with.  I value their expertise.
Sandi Silagi
CORE Centric
Elite Personal Training Center 

Green Editions

A selection of Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber printed newspapers and suplemental publications. Click a cover to view detail.