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 18 industry awards in 2015!

The Vashon/Maury Island Beachcomber won a whopping 18 awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, including awards for best lifestyle feature story, community service advertising, youth-oriented content, and general excellence.

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 Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Sound Publishing, Inc. Coverage Seattle Times (Sun) Seattle Times Coverage (Sun)
98070 Vashon 4,728 2,908 62% 1,003 21.2%
Mail. 224
Total 4,728 3,132 66% 1,003 21.2%
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

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.