About the Sandpoint Reader

Sandpoint Reader cover March 18, 2010

Reader cover from March 18, 2010.

The original Sandpoint Reader was launched in 2004 by Zach Hagadone, John Reuter, Chris DeCleur and contributing writer Ben Olson. An alternative weekly started on a shoe-string budget, fueled by a passion for journalism and community, the Reader published with integrity, edge and heart until 2012 when the trio departed for other adventures.

In early 2015, after a two-year hiatus, the Reader came back to life with Ben Olson as publisher and Cameron Rasmusson as editor. The first issue of the newly relaunched Reader hit the street January 22, 2015, and now publishes every Thursday morning. Original owner and editor Zach Hagadone rejoined the Reader staff in July 2019.

The Reader partners with Keokee, the media and marketing company that publishes Sandpoint Magazine and Sandpoint Online. We partner with Sandpoint Online in our website and digital efforts, including sharing content between our two sites.

Find it near you. The Reader is distributed to more than 200 locations around Sandpoint, Priest River, Clark Fork and Bonners Ferry. Can’t find it? Email us for a nearby location»

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Sandpoint, ID 83864
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The Sandpoint Reader is our town's local, independent weekly newspaper. "Independent" means that the Reader is locally owned, in a partnership between Publisher Ben Olson and Keokee Co. Publishing, the media company owned by Chris Bessler that also publishes Sandpoint Magazine and Sandpoint Online. Sandpoint Reader LLC is a completely independent business unit; no big newspaper group or corporate conglomerate or billionaire owner dictates our editorial policy. And we want the news, opinion and lifestyle stories we report to be freely available to all interested readers - so unlike many other newspapers and media websites, we have NO PAYWALL on our website. The Reader relies wholly on the support of our valued advertisers, as well as readers who voluntarily contribute. Want to ensure that local, independent journalism survives in our town? You can help support the Reader for as little as $1.