Seattle Times Company is a privately owned publisher of daily and
weekly newspapers in the U.S. state of Washington. Founded in Seattle,
Washington in 1896, the company is now in its fourth and fifth
generations of ownership by the Blethen family.
1.1 Issaquah Press Inc.
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In its headquarters city of Seattle, the company owns the Washington's
largest-circulation daily newspaper, The
Seattle Times. Elsewhere in
Washington, the company owns the
Yakima Herald-Republic and Walla
Maine-native schoolteacher and attorney
Alden J. Blethen
Alden J. Blethen bought the
Seattle Press-Times in 1896, renaming it the
Seattle Daily Times and
doubling its circulation to 7,000 six months later. When he died in
1915, the Times' circulation was 70,000.
The two smaller dailies were added much later. The Walla Walla
Union-Bulletin was purchased from the Kelly family in 1971, while the
Yakima Herald-Republic was bought in 1991.
Issaquah Press Inc.
Seattle Times Company acquired Issaquah Press Inc. July 1, 1995,
from Pacific Media Group. Originally consisting of one newspaper, the
King County chain added two more in the 1990s. Based at 45 Front
Street South, Issaquah, Washington.
The company and its newspapers ceased publication in February 2017.
The Issaquah Press
Founded in 1900, The Issaquah Press is the newspaper of record for
Issaquah, Washington. It reaches 20,000 homes in Issaquah every
Only five years after the incorporation of the city of Newcastle,
Washington, the Issaquah Press Inc. office debuted a monthly newspaper
for the city. The Newcastle News is now mailed free to 5,000 homes in
Founded as a monthly in 1992, the Sammamish Review has been a weekly
since 2007 and is delivered, free, to 15,000 homes in Sammamish,
Washington, every Wednesday.
The SnoValley Star's first issue was published March 6, 2008. The
free-distribution weekly newspaper reaches 12,400 homes and businesses
in North Bend and Snoqualmie, Washington.
In addition to various websites associated with its newspaper
Seattle Times Company also owns Rotary Offset Press, a
printing company in Kent, Washington.
See also: MaineToday Media
For about a decade, from 1998 to mid-2009, The
Seattle Times Company
owned three daily newspapers and three weeklies in the state of Maine,
as part of a subsidiary called Blethen
Maine Newspapers. It sold these
properties to private investors in 2009, who formed MaineToday Media.
Maine Newspapers was built in one acquisition,
purchase of all the newspapers formerly published by Guy Gannett
Communications (not related to the larger
Gannett chain). Guy Gannett
managers said they sold to The
Seattle Times Company because of shared
values—both companies were fourth-generation family-owned news
"Of all the companies in the newspaper business, The
Seattle Times is
one most like our company in the sense of independence, of family
ownership, and commitment to the community," said Guy Gannett
spokesman Tim O'Meara.
Maine Newspapers' properties included the state's largest
Portland Press Herald
Portland Press Herald and
Maine Sunday Telegram; the
Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel; along with their related
weeklies. This purchase was estimated to have cost about $213
Seattle Times Company: Overview, accessed October 29, 2007.
^ McIntosh, Andrew (January 19, 2017). "
Seattle Times Co. plans
closure of Issaquah Press Group community newspapers". Puget Sound
Business Journal. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
^ "Tracing the History of The Issaquah Newspaper" and "Issaquah Press
Facts", accessed May 27, 2007.
^ Newcastle-News.com: About, accessed May 26, 2007.
^ SammamishReview.com: About, accessed May 26, 2007.
^ SnoValleyStar.com: About, accessed October 15, 2009.
^ Wilmsen, Steven. "
Seattle Times Co. Buys
Maine Newspapers from Guy
Gannett". The Boston Globe, page D1, September 2, 1998.
^ Mapes, Lynda V. "Times Co. Completes Long-Stalled Sale of Maine
Seattle Times, June 16, 2009.
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