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 10 industry awards in 2017!

The Whidbey News-Times won 10 awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, including four First Place awards.

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.


are female


family households


ages 25 to 54 years


have college


median household

Source: U.S. Census: 2016 American Community Survey (5-year)


Circulation Comparison

ZipZip NameNielsen Occupied HouseholdsWhidbey News-Times (Wed)Whidbey News-Times (Sat)Sound Publishing, Inc. CoverageSeattle Times (Sun)Seattle Times Coverage (Sun)
98277Oak Harbor15,4702914291421%1,0547%
98278Oak Harbor145 353524% 
Sources: AAM / CAC Consolidated Media Report (Q2, 2018), U.S. Census: 2016 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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