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About the Weekly

The mission of the Weekly is to inspire independent thinking and conscious action, etc.

As the largest circulation newspaper in one of the most spectacular counties in America, Monterey County Weekly has long been recognized for its thoughtful, provocative and engaging coverage of news, arts and entertainment. Founded in 1988, the newspaper has received scores of California and national newspaper awards over the past 25 years. Good journalism has proved to be good for business too, as Monterey County Weekly today out-circulates the national-owned daily papers in the market.

By almost any measure Monterey is an incredibly desirable market. The circulation area of Monterey County Weekly includes Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Carmel and Carmel Valley, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside, Marina north to Moss Landing, plus Salinas and the expansive Salinas Valley. With a growing state university (CSU Monterey Bay), expanding marine science exploration in the Monterey Bay, the evolving Fort Ord area, and regional impacts from Silicon Valley, the county is in an explosive time of growth and transformation.

Every Thursday, Monterey County Weekly delivers insight to our readers and offers advertisers access to the most highly sought after demographic in the market. We have become a media organization built for the 21st century.

Since our early days, the Weekly has become a recognized leader for our journalism and community service. We even went online back in 1996.

While the reporting is almost entirely local, Monterey County Weekly was the only newspaper in the national alternative newsmedia to send a reporter to the middle east to cover both the Desert Storm war in the early '90s and the Iraq war in early 2003. Our commitment to in-depth coverage of news, arts and entertainment has been recognized nationwide, presenting strong investigative reporting, diverse stories about local arts and entertainment, and for delivering stories important to the people that live and work in the community.

IIn 2011 and again in 2012 we were honored as one of the best weekly newspapers in California from the California Newspaper Publishers' Association (First Place, General Excellence, large circulation weekly division in 2011, second place in 2012). In 2015 we received the First Amendment Coalition Free Speech & Open Government Award, given each year for exemplary work in the arena of open government and transparency. We have won over 85 local, state & national awards, for Public Service, Ad/Graphic Design, Investigative Reporting, Overall Writing, Opinion Writing, and Arts & Entertainment reporting..

Working in partnership with the Community Foundation for Monterey County, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Cannery Row Company, the David and Lucille Packard Packard, and Neumeier Poma Investment Counsel, the Monterey County Weekly Community Fund has raised and donated over $45,447,747 since 2000 (look for The Big Give! every November at

Our commitment to the community includes investment into our building infrastructure. We were the first newspaper in the country to have 100% of our power generated from solar energy (2007) and the first Existing Building in the tri-county area to obtain the US Green Building Council's LEED PLATINUM certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (2013).


PRINT: Monterey County Weekly and the Best of Monterey Bay® Magazines

Monterey County Weekly has over 60,723 readers per week, audited by Verified Audit Circulation. Available every Thursday. We are the largest circulated print publication in Monterey County — 50% to 100% larger readership than any local daily.

Our five Best of Monterey Bay® annual publications have a circulation of over 200,000 each year: Visitors' Guide; Student (Smart/Family) Guide; Wedding Guide; Senior Guide; and Wine & Food Guide.


Over 187,954 page views each month, with over 187,000 unique visitors. News, classifieds, entertainment, videos, blogs, etc. Online since 1996!

E-NEWSLETTERS: Over 53,267 subscribers to our newsletter.

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*Circulation numbers, Verified Audit Circulation, March 2022


Monterey County Weekly

668 Williams Ave.

Seaside, CA 93955

Main:831-394-5656 Fax:831-394-2909 

We've got solar panels on the roof! Check out the carbon offset on our Sunny Portal.

Founded in 1988, we're evolving with an unrelenting focus on public benefit, recognizing the value and responsibility that comes with being a locally owned and independent media company. We have learned firsthand that good journalism is good business. 

For years our unofficial focus has been on a triple-bottom line: people, planet and profits. Back in 1991 we revived a funky, run-down office building in Seaside, California into an airy, open, and energetic place. Turns out the great architect Charles Moore was the original designer of the building — many a staff person will tell you that the office itself, working in our mid-century modern building, is an unofficial employee benefit.

More than a third of our staff have worked at the Monterey County Weekly for more than 10 years. Our employee benefit package includes both a healthy 401(k) match and profit sharing. We also provide a masseuse for chair massages on our deadline day, weekly deliveries of fresh-picked, organic produce grown by a local farmer and memberships at a local fitness center. After working here for a number of years you can even take a "well" day (yes, you can take the day off by calling in well).
We continue to be committed to being a leader and steward of the environment, a challenge but worthwhile expense for nearly every business in this age. We started using recycled newsprint and soy ink for our newspaper as soon as they became commercially available in the early 1990s. In 2007, we became the first newspaper in the country to provide 100 percent of our company's electrical power from sunshine, installing a 33kw solar energy system on our rooftop. In 2013, after a series of upgrades to improve our heating, ventilation and recycling program (toss in some composting), we earned LEED Platinum: Existing Building, the highest level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (and the first commercial building in the tri-county area to obtain this certification), further pressing our Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

What's next? We do our best to live our mission every week, to continue to create and recreate our company that serves the public benefit, best we can. 

Our mission is to inspire independent thinking and conscious action, etc. With a print, web, mobile, tablet and video platform, we've become Media for the 21st Century.



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