About Us

Often praised as “the glue that holds our community together,” the Key Peninsula News is a unique independent, reliable source of local news for the area. Readers depend on the well-written, informative newspaper to connect with their community; small businesses, government agencies and service organizations depend on it to communicate with customers and constituents.

For more than four decades, “the voice of the Key Peninsula” has provided local viewpoints on news, features and columns. Started in 1974 as a newsletter for the Key Peninsula Civic Center Association, the paper has been financially and editorially independent since 1989.

KP News follows guidelines of the Society of Professional Journalists and its mission of “seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.” Our content must be accurate, thorough, complete and fair in every circumstance.

A full-time editor is supported by part-time editing, layout/design, operations, bookkeeping, webmaster/social media and ad sales staff, together with volunteer reporters, photographers, copyeditors and a distribution team. The team has won numerous awards at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association “Better Newspapers” annual competition. Membership in the Institute for Nonprofit News connects the KP News with national independent news organizations and allows participation in NewsMatch through the Fund for Nonprofit News at the Miami Foundation.

While many traditional community newspapers have struggled to survive, our print circulation has grown 16% since 2018. Our donor list has grown even more, supporting added community news, colorful photos and features in every edition.

At no charge to resident readers, 8,500 papers are mailed to Key Peninsula households from Wauna south to Devils Head, with another 2,000 distributed through sites on the Key Peninsula and surrounding community libraries, schools, grocery stores, businesses, hotels and visitor centers. A popular website and Facebook page add 10,000 monthly viewers for a combined monthly readership over 20,000.

KP News is committed to transparency in every aspect of funding.  We accept donations, grants and sponsorships without endorsing products, services or opinions. News judgments are made independently, without outside influence. We do not accept donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or other sources that present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence to assign, review and edit content.

We operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization under the fiscal sponsorship of the Key Peninsula Civic Center, EIN 91-0688693.  Donations to a 501(c)(3) organization may be tax-deductible. In 2021, income from ad revenue and subscriptions covered 65% of our operating costs with donations, grants and underwriting supported the balance of our budget.

Donors who provided $2,500 or more in 2021 were: the Fund for Nonprofit News at The Miami Foundation (NewsMatch); the Angel Guild; and individual donors Marcia and Jeff Harris, June and John Mercer, and Sara Thompson. A list of all donors is published in February.

Contact us

Our virtual office is not staffed on a regular basis. Please call 253 884-4699 or email editor@keypennews.org  

Key Peninsula News
P.O. Box 3, Vaughn, WA 98394

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