In 1998, two Newcastle City Council members approached Issaquah Press Inc. newspaper group about starting a newspaper in their young city. The first issue of Newcastle News was published in April, 1999. It is now the city’s primary communication link, designed to reflect the freshness and pride of a growing suburban city.
The News serves the City of Newcastle, Washington (pop. Now about 9,500, incorporated in 1994.) This small King County city of only 4.4 square miles is attractive to families who appreciate the location between Bellevue and Renton along the I-405 corridor on the east side of Lake Washington, at the foot of Cougar Mountain.
News coverage by professional journalists includes city government, growth and development, schools, recreation, achievements, community events including Newcastle Days in September, opinion and features.
The News is a free-distribution paper, mailed to 5,300 homes and businesses in and near Newcastle in zip codes 98056 and 98059. Copies are also available on local newsstands.
Issaquah Press Inc. also publishes The Issaquah Press, a weekly founded in 1900; Sammamish Review, a weekly founded in 1992; and SnoValley Star, a weekly founded in 2008. All are free distribution or voluntary-pay papers.
All four newspapers are currently headquartered in Issaquah. Each newspaper has its own editorial team of professional journalists but shares advertising and administrative staff. The papers are printed at Rotary Offset Press in Kent.
The newspaper group has been led by publisher/VP Debbie Berto for more than 30 years. Issaquah Press Inc. is an affiliate of the Seattle Times Company.