Portland Tribune

Portland Tribune

Infobox Newspaper
name = Portland Tribune

caption = A Portland Tribune news stand
type = Weekly newspaper
format = Broadsheet
foundation = 2001
(as "The Portland Tribune")
ceased publication =
price =
owners = Pamplin Media Group
publisher = Robert Pamplin, Jr.
editor = Dwight Jaynes
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.


Portland businessman 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
work=The Columbian
date=February 9, 2001
] [cite news
title="Tribune" marks five years serving Portland
date=February 7, 2006
work=Portland Tribune
] 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
date=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
work=Willamette Week
date=January 9, 2002
] 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
work=Willamette Week
date=January 30, 2002

On 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
work=Portland Tribune
date=May 5, 2008


The paper deals almost exclusively with issues local to Portland and the U.S. state of Oregon. It features regular columns by Phil Stanford and 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 Conference and 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 Bee in 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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