Washington State News Sources Online

Prepared by Mary Whisner, Jan. 18, 2011

Legal researchers can use news sources for many purposes -- for instance, to find a profile of a lawyer or judge, to read contemporary accounts of trials, to see what legislators told reporters about bills, and to follow the debate on initiatives.

This guide lists online sources for dozens of newspapers, radio stations, and television stations in Washington State. It is still a work in progress: it does not include all radio and television websites and it does not yet have links for some of the smaller newspapers. The guide does not indicate how far back publications post their archives on their websites. But even though the guide incomplete, it should be useful to some researchers.

For other current news and commentary, see Law-Related Blogs in Washington State.


Publication (or Broadcaster)
Includes link to website if available.
 (Law School Version)*

Sources also available in LexisNexis Academic  marked "LNA."

(Law School Version)
Databases included in WANEWS database
NewsBank Access World News
(UW Restricted)
Washington State Newsstand
(UW Restricted)
AP Alert - Washington APALERTWA
AP State & Regional Wires - Washington State WASH;WANEWS group file includes AP State & Regional Wires - Washington Stories
Arlington Times (PNW**)
Auburn Reporter (PNW)
Bainbridge Island Review (PNW)
Bellevue Reporter (PNW)
Bellingham Business Journal BELLINGHAMBJ
Bellingham Herald WASH;BELHLD (9/1/99-) BSX-BLLHER x (9/4/09-)
Bonney Lake & Lake Tapps Courier-Herald

Bonney Lake - Sumner Courier-Herald (PNW)

WASH;BONNEY (8/2006-)


The Boomerang! (Palouse) (website not current) WASH;BOMRAG (10/19/06-)


Bothell Reporter (site includes Kenmore Reporter) (PNW)
Bremerton Patriot (PNW)
Central Kitsap Reporter (PNW)
Chinook Observer x (8/5/02-)
Chronicle (Centralia) CHRONICLEWA x (10/31/02-)
The Columbian (Vancouver) WASH;COLMBN (5/26/94-); LNA COLUMBIAWA x (6/10/94-) x (1995-)
Covington Reporter (site includes Maple Valley Reporter) (PNW)
Crosscut ("a daily guide to local and Northwest news, and a forum where writers and citizens with many points of view can report and discuss local news.")
Daily News (Longview) x (1991-97)
Daily Record (Ellensburg) x (1/4/00-)
Daily World (Aberdeen). Online archive May 1997-. x (1/20/05-)
Eastside Journal (Bellevue) x (1994-97)
Edmonds Beacon WASH;EDBEAC (11/30/06-5/7/08); LNA
Enumclaw Courier Herald (PNW) WASH;ENUMCL (8/23/06-5/24/08); LNA
Federal Way Mirror (PNW)
The Herald (Everett) HERALDWA x (8/16/05-) x (2001-)
Islands' Sounder (PNW)
Islands' Weekly (PNW)
Issaquah Reporter (PNW)
Journal of Business (Spokane) WASH;JNLBUS (1/01-)
NEWS;SPOKJB (1/31/01-)
JBUSSPOKE x (1991-)
Journal of the San Juans (PNW)
Kent Reporter (PNW)
King County Journal (Bellevue) x (1/3/03-1/21/07)
KING5.com (Seattle) (NBC affiliate) NBC5KING-WA
Kingston Community News (PNW)
Kirkland Reporter (PNW)
Kitsap Sun (Bremerton) KITSAPSUN
KOMOnews.com (Seattle) (ABC affiliate) ABC4KOMO-WA
KPLU (Tacoma) (NPR affiliate)
KUOW (Seattle) (NPR affiliate)
Lewiston Morning Tribune (serves Clarkston and Pullman, WA, as well as Lewiston and Moscow, ID) NEWS;LEWMT (1/1/90); LNA
Marysville Globe (PNW)
Mattawa Area News WASH;MATAWA
(10/11/06-1/10/07); LNA
Mercer Island Reporter (PNW) x (1995-96)
Morning News Tribune (Tacoma) (see also The News Tribune) MNTTCMA
Mukilteo Beacon WASH;MUKILT (11/22/06-); LNA
The News Tribune (Tacoma) WASH;NWSTRB (1/1/03-)
note: not included in WANEWS group file.
MNTTCMA x (1/1/92-) x (1993-)
North Kitsap Herald (PNW)
Northwest Asian Weekly WASH;NWASIA (1/5/01-) ENWNWAZ
NorthWest Cable News IND2NWCN-WA
Northwest Construction NEWS;NWCONS (1998-) NWCONSTRU
The Olympian WASH;OLYMPN (1/1/01-) OLYMPIAN x (1/1/01-)
Pacific Builder and Engineer PACBLDRENGR
Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles) x (1994-97)
PNW Local News - includes 29 local papers in Island, King, Kitsap, Pierce, San Juan, and Snohomish Counties.
Port Orchard Independent (PNW)
Puget Sound Business Journal WASH;PUGSBJ (1/2/06-) PUGETSNDBSJ x (1999-04)
Puget Sound Business Journal (Abstracts) PUGETBUSJ-ABS
Real Change (Seattle)
Redmond Reporter (PNW)
Renton Reporter (PNW)
Sammamish Reporter (PNW)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (online only since March 28, 2009) NEWS;SEAPIN (1/2/86-3/17/09); LNA STLPI (1/1990-) x (1/1/86-) x (1999-09)
SeattlePI.com x (2009-)
Seattle Times WASH;SEATTM (1/90-) KRT-SEATTMS ; STLTI x (1/1/85-) x (---?)
Seattle Daily Times in America's Historical Newspapers (1900-1984) (UW Restricted)
Seattle Weekly WASH;SEWKLY (1/4/99-); LNA x (7/31/07-)
Sequim Gazette
Skagit Valley Herald (Mount Vernon) SKAGITVHRLD
Snoqualmie Valley Record (PNW)
South County Journal x (12/3/99-1/13/03) x (1997-97)
South Whidbey Record (PNW)
Spokesman-Review (Spokane) WASH;SPOKSR (2/12/97-, plus selected articles 94-96); LNA SPKS-REV x (7/1/94-) x (1991-)
The Stranger (Seattle) STRANGER
The Sun (Bremerton) x (1991-97)
Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland) WASH;TRICTY (2/21/06)
BSX-TRICTY x (2/21/06-) x (2006-)
Valley Daily News (Kent) x (1991-97)
Vashon - Maury Island Beachcomber (PNW)
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin WALLAWALLA
Wenatchee World WENATCHEE ; BSX-WENWLD x (4/2/06-) x (1991-97)
Whidbey News Times (PNW)
Yakima Herald-Republic WASH;YAKHRL (1/1/01-)
YAKIMAHRLD x (12/10/97-) x (1998-)

* Note: List includes only one library per file, but a file might be in more than one library -- e.g., in the WASH and in the NEWS libraries.

** PNW = paper included in PNW Local News site for combined searches.


Historical Sources

Pacific Northwest Regional Newspaper and Periodical Index (created by UW Libraries)

The Regional Index contains citations from hundreds of newspapers and periodicals as well as monographs, theses, dissertations, scrapbooks, pamphlets and other ephemera dealing with all aspects of life in Seattle, Washington state and the Pacific Northwest from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The Regional Index began as a card file in 1936. A retrospective conversion project was initiated in 2000 to make the index accessible online. At the present time, more than 116,000 citations are searchable and hundreds of citations are being added each week. The complete index is located in Special Collections (Allen Library South Basement).

America's Historical Newspapers (UW Restricted)

Includes Morning Olympian (1891-1900); Seattle Daily Times (1900-84); Tacoma Daily News (1890-98).

Washington State Archives, Historic Newspapers in Washington.

As of Jan. 2011, includes newspapers from

  • La Conner (Puget Sound Mail, 1879-84)
  • Lynden (Lynden Pioneer Press, 1888-90)
  • Olympia (Columbian, 1852-53; Washington Pioneer, 1853-54; Pioneer and Democrat, 1854-61)
  • Port Townsend (Weekly Argus, 1870-75; Puget Sound Weekly Argus, 1876-82; Puget Sound Argus, 1882-83)
  • Seattle (Washington Gazette, 1863-63; Seattle Gazette, 1863-64; Seattle Weekly Gazette, 1864-66; Puget Sound Semi-Weekly, 1866-66; Puget Sound Weekly, 1866-67; Puget Sound Weekly Gazette, 1867-67)
  • Snohomish (Northern Star, 1876-79)
  • Spokane (Spokane Times, 1879-82; Spokane Falls Review, 1883-90)
  • Steilacoom (Puget Sound Courier, 1855-56; Puget Sound Herald, 1858-64; Truth Teller, 1858-58)
  • Vancouver (Vancouver Register (1865-69)
  • Walla Walla (Washington Statesman, 1861-64; Walla Walla Statesman, 1864-85)
  • Yakima (Yakima Herald, 1889-92)



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