Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey News-Times

The Whidbey News-Times is now in its 114th year of calling Oak Harbor home. Originally the Whidbey News, it combined forces many years ago with the Farm Bureau News and then The Times in Coupeville, which was and remains the seat of Island County government. John Webber and Wallie Funk purchased the paper from Glenn and Phyllis Smith in the earl 1960s. They sold it to David Black’s Sound Publishing in 1989 and it quickly became a bi-weekly to better serve the growing community with its thriving Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, which has called Oak Harbor home since World War II. The News-Times centers its news coverage on Oak Harbor and Coupeville city government as well as Island County government, Navy news and the many civic and charitable groups in the area. The presence of the Navy has helped Oak Harbor weather the economic downturn better than most areas and it remains a popular retirement attraction for military and civilians who enjoy the island lifestyle.

Winner of 22 industry awards in 2015!

The Whidbey News-Times won 22 awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, including awards for general excellence, ad campaigns, best special section cover, best crime and court story, investigative reporting, and color sports photography.

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.


are female


family households


ages 25 to 54 years


have college


median household

Source: U.S. Census: 2014 American Community Survey (5-year)


Circulation Comparison

Zip Zip Name Nielsen Occupied Households Whidbey News-Times (Wed) Sound Publishing, Inc. Coverage Seattle Times (Sun) Seattle Times Coverage (Sun)
98239 Coupeville 3,139 847  27% 492 16%
98277 Oak Harbor 15,470 3,273 21% 1,054 7%
98278 Oak Harbor 145  35 24% 
Misc. 322
Total 18,754 4,440 24% 1,5461 8%

Sources: AAM / CAC Consolidated Media Report (Q 3, 2017), U.S. Census: 2014 American Community Survey (5-year), 2017 Pulse Research readership survey

There is a reason that I am the most loyal of Whidbey News-Times advertisers. My media representatives are alway top-notch, creative and responsive to my needs. Most recently, at the urging of my Whidbey News-Times media rep, I more than tripled my media buy to include front page advertising. The results have been amazing. My return on investment was far greater than I ever expected. I trust the Whidbey News-Times to deliver the best results on behalf of my business.
Gloria Carothers
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