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The Olympian
The July 27, 2005 front page of
The Olympian
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)The McClatchy Company
Headquarters522 Franklin St. S.E.
Olympia, WA 98501
United States
Circulation13,153 Daily
15,454 Sunday (as of 2020)[1]
OCLC number10253415

The Olympian is a daily newspaper based in Olympia, Washington, in the United States. It is owned by The McClatchy Company and publishes a daily printed edition.


Olympia was home to the first newspaper to be published in modern-day Washington, The Columbian (unrelated to the modern publication), which published its first edition on September 11, 1852.[2][3]

The Olympian started in 1860 as The Washington Standard, a weekly paper. It was founded by John Miller Murphy, and its first issue was released on November 17, 1860.[4] The paper became The Daily Olympian in February 1889 when it began publishing daily. Many people in Olympia still refer to The Olympian by its former name, or as "The Daily O."

The Daily Olympian and another Olympia newspaper, The Daily Recorder, merged in 1928.[5] The Daily Olympian moved from its original home, on Legion Way and Washington Street, to the Capitol Press Building at the corner of Capitol Way and State Avenue.

The Gannett Company purchased The Daily Olympian in 1971 and shortened its name to The Olympian in 1982. The Olympian moved to its current location at 111 Bethel Street in 1972.[5]

In September 2005, The Olympian was traded by Gannett Company, Inc., along with the Bellingham and Boise newspapers, to Knight Ridder in exchange for the Tallahassee Democrat.[5]

The newspaper was later acquired by The McClatchy Company and merged most of its operations with The News Tribune, a McClatchy newspaper located in Tacoma, with the Olympian being printed on the News Tribune presses in Tacoma. The newspaper's editor and reporters still worked out of the Olympia office on Bethel Street.

In June 2017, The Olympian announced that it would move to an office in downtown Olympia, on the corner of Legion Way and Franklin Street.[6] The building on Bethel Street was to be occupied by the Olympia School District.

In 2019, printing of the paper was moved to the press of The Columbian in Vancouver, Washington, as the Tacoma press was discontinued as its age made maintaining too costly.

In July 2023, The Olympian started doing all home delivery of the physical paper via the US Mail.

Olympics trademark dispute

McClatchy submitted a trademark application for The Olympian in 2006, which was disputed by the United States Olympic Committee under the terms of the Amateur Sports Act of 1978. The law was amended in 1998 to protect businesses and services in Washington state that were not named for the Olympic Games, but rather the geographic locations sharing the name.[7] The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted The Olympian its requested trademark in 2011.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "McClatchy | Markets". 2022-02-09. Archived from the original on 2022-02-19. Retrieved 2023-04-12.
  2. ^ Katz, William A. (March 1963). "The Columbian: Washington Territory's First Newspaper". Oregon Historical Quarterly. 64 (1): 33–40. JSTOR 20612722.
  3. ^ Dougherty, Phil (September 2, 2017). "The Columbian, Washington's first newspaper, is published in Olympia on September 11, 1852". HistoryLink. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Himes, George H. (August 11, 1912). "John Miller Murphy Closes Long Career". The Sunday Oregonian. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "About Us". The Olympian.
  6. ^ Demarest, Dusti. "Executive Editor". The Olympian. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Hill, Christian (October 6, 2009). "Newspaper trademark bid challenged by U.S. Olympic Committee". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2022.
  8. ^ Feder, J. Lester; Geidner, Chris (November 18, 2013). "International Olympic Committee Won't Challenge Russian Anti-Gay Broadcast Under Olympic Banner". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved January 19, 2022.