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Willamette Week Announces Publisher Changenew

Richard Meeker, who has served as publisher for the past 32 years, is turning over the reins to longtime business partner and editor Mark Zusman.
Willamette Week  |  06-12-2015  3:00 pm  |  Industry News

Alt-Weeklies Raise Over $6 Million for Community Nonprofits

More than $6 million was collectively raised for local nonprofit charities through the 2014 year-end “Give!” campaigns held by Willamette Week, Colorado Springs Independent, Monterey County Weekly and INDY Week. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  02-19-2015  1:00 pm  |  Industry News

Willamette Week Raises $128,640 on 'Giving Tuesday'

Willamette Week's Give!Guide, now in its 10th year, aims to encourage the giving habit in readers under the age of 36. (FULL STORY)
Willamette Week  |  12-05-2013  3:02 pm  |  Industry News

Four Alt-Weeklies Aim to Raise 4.7 Million for Non-Profits

Colorado Springs Independent, INDY Week, Monterey County Weekly, and Willamette Week have kicked off their annual "Give!" campaigns. (FULL STORY)
Give!  |  11-15-2013  11:45 am  |  Industry News

Three AAN Members Raise $3.7 Million for Local Non-Profits

The 2012 year-end "Give!" campaigns by Colorado Springs Independent, Monterey County Weekly, and Willamette Week raised a combined $3.7 million for local non-profits. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  02-04-2013  3:40 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Steve Schewel Announces Sale of Independent Weekly

The Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) and its associated website, indyweek.com, are being sold to Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman. Meeker and Zusman are the owners of City of Roses Newspaper Company which publishes Willamette Week and the Santa Fe Reporter. (FULL STORY)
Independent Weekly  |  08-22-2012  12:50 pm  |  Press Releases

2011 'Give!' Campaigns Raise Nearly $3 Million for Non-Profits

Colorado Springs Independent, Monterey County Weekly and Willamette Week raised a combined $2.95 million for local non-profits. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  01-23-2012  5:26 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Willamette Week Recuses Itself From Covering Oregon Attorney General Racenew

Editor Mark Zusman says the paper has a conflict of interest in covering the race between Dwight Holton and Ellen Rosenblum, who is married to Willamette Week publisher Richard Meeker.
Willamette Week  |  01-11-2012  12:59 pm  |  Industry News

National Newspaper Project Spotlights Willamette Weeknew

Portland's Willamette Week has been featured in "Who Needs Newspapers?" - a national project produced by the non-profit organization Valid Sources.
WhoNeedsNewspapers.org  |  09-29-2011  4:56 pm  |  Industry News

Three AAN Pubs Raise Over $2 Million For Local Non-Profits

Colorado Springs Independent, Monterey County Weekly, and Willamette Week have raised over $2 million for non-profit organizations in their communities through their respective "Give" campaigns. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  01-11-2011  1:57 pm  |  Industry News

Willamette Week Introduces Cost-Cutting Measuresnew

The Portland, Ore., alt-weekly was the latest to announce company-wide salary reductions yesterday. Effective March 16, staff pay will be reduced by 8 percent, while owners Mark Zusman and Richard Meeker will reduce their own pay by 25 percent. The move was made to keep the paper profitable for the balance of 2009. At the same meeting, Meeker, who is WW's publisher, announced that this week's paper was the largest since November and that ad sales for the spring appear ahead of budget.
Willamette Week  |  03-13-2009  8:54 am  |  Industry News

Willamette Week Raises Nearly $850K for Local Nonprofitsnew

Publisher Richard Meeker reports that 3,902 people made 8,419 donations totaling $806,581.81 to WW's 2008 Give!Guide, an annual program that supports local nonprofits and encourages the philanthropic impulse among readers 35 and under. When combined with the $4,000 in prizes from WW and $16,000 in prize money from a local research and consulting firm, the total raised this year for 55 Portland-area nonprofits was $826,581.81. Meeker says that's a 60 percent increase over last year and almost 40 times what the Give!Guide raised when it debuted four years ago.
Willamette Week  |  01-28-2009  9:31 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Willamette Week Honors This Year's Skidmore Prize Winnersnew

For the past five years, as part of its annual Give!Guide, which this year features 55 worthy Portland nonprofits, the paper has honored young nonprofit leaders with the Skidmore Prize. At a ceremony last week, the four recipients (Katy Kolker, Amy Harwood, Rodolfo Serna and Polly Bangs) each got a plaque and a check for $4,000 from WW publisher Richard Meeker and Multnomah County Commissioner Ted Wheeler. Read more about the honorees and their work here.
Willamette Week  |  11-25-2008  8:42 am  |  Industry News

Willamette Week Tightens Belt, but Santa Fe Reporter is 'Doing Well'new

In his yearly report to readers, Willamette Week publisher Richard Meeker says the Portland, Ore., newsweekly's financial situation has been "lousy." Advertising is down since July and the paper is more than ten percent below budget for the year. But the news isn't all bad. Meeker says WW's "total audience has remained steady" and its sister paper, the Santa Fe Reporter, is having a good year. Nevertheless, WW has laid off several staffers and transferred one staff writer to Santa Fe. Editor Mark Zusman tells AAN News that the paper laid off three classified sales representatives, one designer, and staff writer (and "Queer Window" columnist) Byron Beck, while Corey Pein moves to the Reporter. Although the paper will "be lucky to eke out a small profit this year," Meeker says he and Zusman are "eager to tackle the challenges we all now face, and more committed than ever to continuing -- and improving -- the quality of reporting and thinking we do." More on Beck's departure from the Portland Mercury and Just Out magazine.
Willamette Week  |  11-12-2008  8:33 am  |  Industry News

Willamette Week Raises More Than Half a Million Dollars for Nonprofitsnew

"You made so many donations to our annual Give!Guide that we're just now finishing the tallies and making final deliveries of incentives," writes publisher Richard Meeker. The 2007 installment of the paper's annual fund-raising endeavor produced more than $518,000 for 49 nonprofits in the Portland area, more than doubling 2006's total of $228,000.
Willamette Week  |  01-24-2008  12:13 pm  |  Industry News