The Monterey County Weekly ( formerly the Coast Weekly) is a locally owned and independent newsmedia company founded in 1988. The Weekly has been a member of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia since 1989.
Reaching nearly one in three households countywide (audited by Verified Audit Circulation), Monterey County Weekly has the highest circulation and readership of any newspaper in the county and has won nearly 100 local, regional, state or national editorial awards for editorial content, design and photography. Monterey County Weekly was awarded General Excellence for large circulation weekly newspapers by the California Newspaper Publishers Association (2012, runner-up 2013) and the 2015 Free Speech & Open Government award from the First Amendment Coalition.
While the reporting is nearly entire local, Monterey County Weekly was the only newspaper in the alternative press to send a reporter to the middle east to cover both the Desert Storm war in the early 1990s and the Iraq war in early 2003 .
Monterey County Weekly was an early adapter to digital news and began publishing online, as well as in print, in 1996. The Weekly has 165 solar panels on its rooftop and generates 100% of its electricity from solar. The Weekly is headquartered in the first commercial office building designed by renowned architect Charles Moore (who won the AIA Gold Medal in 1991. The Weekly Building, in Seaside, California, is certified by the US Green Builidng Council as LEED Platinum: Existing Building in 2009, the first existing building in the tri-county area to obtain that designation. The Weekly was started by Bradley Zeve, its founding Editor & Publisher, and current CEO. Zeve serves as the Free Speech chair for the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and is the former president of the Sea Studios Foundation. Zeve co-founded The Sun newspaper in Santa Cruz, CA, in 1986. Erik Cushman serves as Publisher and currently sits on the California Newspaper Publisher's Association Board of Directors. Cushman was the co-founder of the Missoula Independent.
In 2000, the Monterey County Weekly Community Fund was established at the Community Foundation for Monterey County, and launched Monterey County Gives! in 2009. To date, the fund has raised and donated over $8.3 million to 250+ local nonprofits, in partnership with the Community Foundation, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Neumeier Poma Investment Council, Cannery Row Company and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The annual campaign runs from mid-November to midnight December 31.