- Portland Tribune
name = Portland Tribune
caption = A Portland Tribune news stand
type = Weekly
(as "The Portland Tribune")
ceased publication =
Pamplin Media Group
publisher = Robert Pamplin, Jr.
circulation = 120,000fact|date=May 2008
headquarters = 6605 S.E. Lake Road
Portland, OR 97222-2161
website = [http://portlandtribune.com/ portlandtribune.com]
The "Portland Tribune" is a free weekly newspaper published each Thursday in Portland,
Oregon, United States.
The "Tribune" is part of the
Pamplin Media Group(PMG), which publishes a number of community newspapers in the Portland metropolitan area, and also owns and operates the talk show format radio station KPAM, and several other radio stations throughout the Pacific Northwest. The combined resources of PMG make it the second-largest news gathering organization in Oregon.Fact|date=February 2007 The "Tribune" has the largest circulation of any newspaper published by PMG.
Robert B. Pamplin, Jr.announced his intention to found the paper in the summer of 2000. The first issue of what started as a twice-weekly paper was published February 9, 2001, [cite news
title="Tribune" hits porches, newsstands today
February 9, 2001] [cite news
title="Tribune" marks five years serving Portland
February 7, 2006
url=http://portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=33790] joining "
the Oregonian", the city's only daily general interest newspaper, and the alternative weeklies " Willamette Week" and " The Portland Mercury".
The paper was noted as a rare example of print news outlets, in a time when many cities were seeing newspapers merge or go out of business.cite news
title=Twice-weekly Tribune making a run at Portland news market - Wealthy owner may be guarantee of staying power
August 1, 2001
work=The San Francisco Chronicle] But its launch preceded a significant national downturn in advertising sales, which posed difficulties for a startup newspaper. Eleven months after its launch, the "Tribune" cut back on home deliveries. [cite news
title=The Incredible Shrinking Tribune
January 9, 2002
accessdate=2008-05-08] The newspaper was reportedly losing money faster than anticipated after its first year. [cite news
title=The incredible shrinking empire of Bob Pamplin: The struggling "Portland Tribune" is the least of his problems
January 30, 2002
May 5, 2008, the paper announced it would switch effective immediately to a weekly print format, accompanied by daily updates to its website. [cite news
title=Tribune enters next phase with daily newspaper on the Web
May 5, 2008]
The paper deals almost exclusively with issues local to Portland and the
U.S. stateof Oregon. It features regular columns by Phil Stanfordand Dwight Jaynes. The paper is also known for its extensive coverage of local high school, college and professional sports teams, with concentration on the NBA, Pac-10, Big Sky Conferenceand West Coast Conference.
The "Tribune" sponsors the Portland area annual regional spelling bee for middle school students. The champion participates in the
Scripps National Spelling Beein Washington, D.C.[cite news
title=Tigard teen goes out during semifinals of national spelling bee
work=The Portland Tribune
date=May 29, 2007
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