BREMERTON — The Bremerton Patriot will publish its final edition on Feb. 24.
Kitsap Weekly, a countywide publication with a circulation of nearly 60,000, will continue to be distributed on Fridays in Bremerton as a standalone publication. Readers currently receiving the Bremerton Patriot can sign up to receive home delivery of the Central Kitsap Reporter for $25 per year by calling our circulation department at 1-888-838-3000.
The Central Kitsap Reporter was founded in 1983 and was one of the first newspapers owned by Sound Publishing in Kitsap County. Bremerton and Central Kitsap are also covered by KitsapDailyNews.com.
“Our commitment to Kitsap County and Bremerton remains unchanged,” Kitsap News Group Regional Publisher Terry Ward said. “Last fall, we launched KitsapDailyNews.com and will continue to provide focused, local Bremerton coverage on this growing news site. Our goal is to refocus our efforts and resources to better serve readers and advertisers.”
There will be no staffing reductions. The news group publishes two daily online editions (KitsapDailyNews.com and BainbridgeReview.com), five Friday print editions (Bainbridge Island Review, Central Kitsap Reporter, Kitsap Weekly, North Kitsap Herald and Port Orchard Independent), one monthly print edition (Kingston Community News), two annual almanacs (North Kitsap Almanac and Bainbridge Island Almanac) and numerous specialty publications, including Discover Kitsap, Kitsap Living, Northwest Chronicle and ‘Tis the Season.
The Bremerton Patriot was established in 1999, the successor to the Bremerton Progress, an earlier Sound Publishing newspaper. Over the years, the Patriot won awards for news reporting, feature writing and news and feature photography; and became known for its annual Best of Bremerton contest. One of the Patriot’s best-known employees was the late H. Emily Moshay, a tireless booster of Bremerton. As the Patriot’s public relations representative from 2000-08, she championed the “Positively Bremerton” campaign.
In 2016, the Patriot published a series of stories on the 125th anniversary of Bremerton’s founding as a community, and published a keepsake special section on the 125th anniversary of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
“We’re proud of the Patriot’s years of service to Bremerton, and each edition we published will continue to serve as a record of the life of the community,” said Donna Etchey, general manager. “By refocusing our resources, we can raise the level of journalism we provide in Central, South and North Kitsap.”