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The Portland Mercury

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Portland Mercury
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TypeAlternative bi-weekly
Owner(s)Index Publishing
PublisherRob Thompson
EditorWm. Steven Humphrey
FoundedJune 2000
Headquarters115 SW Ash St., Suite 600
Portland, OR 97204
Circulation45,000 (as of June 2014)[1]

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Portland Mercury is an alternative bi-weekly newspaper and media company founded in 2000 in Portland, Oregon. The paper self reports the readership as affluent urbanites in their 20s and 30s. It had been published weekly until Fall 2018 before switching to bi-weekly. It serves to chronicle the Portland music scene, and generally includes interviews, commentaries, reviews, and concert dates. It has an "I, Anonymous" section, in which local readers are encouraged to submit anonymous, usually impassioned, and often incendiary letters to the city at large, and Dan Savage's syndicated advice column Savage Love. There are adult, abstract and surrealist comic strips such as Maakies by Tony Millionaire, Kaz's Underworld by Kaz, and Idiot Box by Matt Bors. The Mercury is similar in style to its sibling publication, Seattle, Washington's The Stranger.

Contributors and staff[edit]

Editor-in-Chief: Wm. Steven Humphrey
Executive Editor: Erik Henriksen
Senior Editors: Ned Lannamann, Ciara Dolan
News: Alex Zielinski, Blair Stenvick
Music: Ciara Dolan
Food: Andrea Damewood
Movies & TV: Erik Henriksen
Arts: Suzette Smith
Copy Chief: Jenni Moore
Calendar: Bobby Roberts, Chipp Terwilliger
Current list retrieved on April 6, 2019.[2]

Portland Mercury has published a number of notable[according to whom?] writers and personalities, including Chelsea Cain, Chuck Palahniuk, Dan Savage, David Schmader, and Sean Tejaratchi.


Portland Mercury publishes columns that often have a satirical or humorous tone. The publication's established columnists include Dan Savage, Ann Romano and Ian Karmel. The paper also often features fictional columns written by characters from pop culture or those created by members of the staff. These columns have included Elementary School Crime Blotter by Jerry Masterson, Imbecile Parade by Frank Cassano and One Hulk's Opinion by the Incredible Hulk. Portland Mercury also publishes I, Anonymous, in which readers can submit anonymous rants and anecdotes.


The current Portland Mercury was relaunched in June 2000.[3] The paper describes that their readers are affluent urbanites in 20s and 30s.[4] It was published weekly until Fall 2018 when it changed to bi-weekly.[5] The name of paper and logo changed sometime during September 2018.[6][7]

The original Mercury[edit]

A weekly newspaper called the Mercury, and later the Sunday Mercury, was founded in Salem in 1869,[8] and moved to Portland a few years later. It was known for being the subject of a major libel lawsuit involving attorney and writer C.E.S. Wood. The Oregon Supreme Court ruled against O. P. Mason and B. P. Watson, and the newspaper itself was turned over to receiver A. A. Rosenthal. Rosenthal promised to "make a decent paper of it," but the paper was raided by the Portland district attorney's office later that year, and suppressed for publishing offensive material. An Oregonian article praised the plaintiffs for having "abolished a publication insidiously demoralizing as well as unspeakably offensive."[9]


  1. "The Portland Mercury". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  2. "Editorial". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  3. Humphrey, Wm. Steven (June 1, 2000). "The Triumphant Return of The Mercury". Portland Mercury. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  4. "Ad-info". Mercury readers are affluent urbanites in their 20s and 30s with impressive disposable incomes and an appetite for everything the city has to offer.
  5. "Starting This Fall, The Portland Mercury Will Publish a Paper Every Other Week". Willamette Week. May 24, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  6. "Portland Mercury, News, Entertainment, Trouble". 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  7. "Portland Mercury, News, Entertainment, Trouble". 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  8. Turnbull, George Stanley (1939). "Journalism in Salem" . History of Oregon Newspapers . Binfords and Mort. Search this book on
  9. Turnbull, George Stanley (1939). "Libel and Violence Bear Fruit" . History of Oregon Newspapers . Binfords and Mort. Search this book on

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