Local News Initiative

SoCoNews is supported through generous donations from community members, each of us giving what we can. Your involvement is invaluable to helping ensure that we are able to provide the best, most comprehensive coverage for our community. Together we will prevent Sonoma County from becoming a “news desert.” Together we will sustain and strengthen local journalism.


Francis AbercrombieJohn Boland & James Carroll  
Thomas AbramsSally Bolger  
Bruce Abramson

Kelley Bollinger

Barry AckermanCaroline Bontia  

Robert & Shellie Adams

Teresa Book  
Wayne & Carolyn AdkinsMartha Borst  
Robert AitaLaura & D. Kirkwood Bowman  
Patricia AjemianPatricia Bradbury  
Lesley AlexanderTom Brand  

Margaret Alexander

Alfred Brand  
Ann AllanMonica Smith-Braun  
Carmelo AmatoSean Bressie  
Seth AmmermanJudy Brinkerhoff  
Jean AndersenRichard Brody  
Frank AndersonTrale Broudy  
Sarah AndersonRichard Brody  
David & Catherine Anderson Timothy & Margaret Brown  
Mona & John AndrewsPamela Browning  

George & Svetlana Artemoff

Thana Brunges  
Richard AuldMark Brunstein  
John AvakianAnthony Bryhan  
Martin BablerRichard Bugarske  
Gary Bachelor

Richard Burg

Mary Bradbury-BaileyRichard & Mary Burke  
Carol BaileyJohn & Jayne Burns  
Vicki & Stephen BaileyWanda Burzycki  
Ed & Kyle BakerBeverly Buswell  

Mike Baldus

Marie Butler  
Gary & Martha BannisterChris Call  

Majorie L. Barnard

Annette Caroll  
Anne Barron   
Jack Bauman   
Paul Downey & Hallie Beacham   
Phil Bebber   
Stephen & Terry Beck   
James & Janice Belding   
Michele Bellah   
Christine Berardo   
Jennifer Berndt   
Paul & Yael Bernier   
Dick Bertapelle   
Christopher & Christine Bethards   
Ross & Barbara Bickford   
Judy Biondolillo   
Ann Blacker   
Amanda Blanchette   
Kei Blesch   

Thomas Boag

Jeffrey Boal   
Walt Bodley & Sandra Lambert   



Sonoma County Local News Initiative is the nonprofit organization created to preserve local news and journalism in Sonoma Country, particularly by supporting four legacy papers: Sonoma West Times & News, Windsor Times, Cloverdale Reveille, and The Healdsburg Tribune.

In June 2021, these four papers will be combined into a single website the SoCoNews.org, providing trusted, reliable news online and free to our community. The Healdsburg Tribune will also continue to be a printed paper. The ownership of the paper and the website will pass from the newspapers' current owners Rollie Atkinson and Sarah Bradbury to the Sonoma County Local News Initiative. We invite you to become a part of this exciting adventure in community-supported journalism. 

Find out more about the Sonoma County Local News Initiative at https://www.socolocalnews.org/s/


A letter from Local News Initiative president Nancy Dobbs

To our readers: 

Across the country, local newspapers are folding. Hundreds of them. As Facebook and media giants absorb more and more advertising revenue, local news outlets lose their solvency and go bankrupt to the tune of 100 a year since 2004. The pandemic has accelerated this trend.

These “news desert communities” are left without credible and comprehensive local information.

SoCoNews is determined not to let this happen in Sonoma County, and we invite you to join us.

Over 100 years ago, local journalism began for the communities along the Russian River. Throughout the generations, it transformed to meet our changing needs. SoCoNews will keep this tradition alive.

In recent decades our local news has come to us from Sonoma West Publishers (SWP) through the newspapers and digital publications of Sonoma West Times & News,  Windsor Times, Cloverdale Reveille, and The Healdsburg Tribune.

SWP owners Rollie Atkinson and Sarah Bradbury are now gifting them to us—you and me and your neighbors and the family on the other side of town. All of us. Local news will be accessible to everyone through SoCoNews, owned and operated by the nonprofit Sonoma County Local News Initiative, and we all will become the vital keepers of our community’s core for the sharing of information.

Our local news will continue to:

  • Hold local government accountable
  • Celebrate triumphs and mourn losses
  • Chronicle good times and acknowledge achievements
  • Connect community members with happenings and events
  • Provide key information in times of crisis
  • Promote and strengthen our economy

As a current subscriber you have had access to local news online. SoCoNews recognizes that for a healthy community it is vital for everyone be informed, engaged and involved. And from now on, local news will be free and available to everyone. That is exciting for our community!

How is this possible? SoCoNews will now be supported in the same manner as we support our local museums, libraries, arts centers and other community nonprofits—through generous donations from community members, each of us giving what we can. Your help is essential and we ask you to consider making a gift today.

Monthly giving is easy and the best way to help.

I hope you will choose to donate today by going online to socolocalnews.org or by sending a check. If you have any questions regarding your paid subscription or about making a gift, please contact us at 707.433.4451 or teresa@sonomawest.com Your gift is fully tax deductible.

We are honored to inherit the legacy of the Sonoma West papers and feel keenly the responsibility to effectively carry on this vital service to our communities. I thank you for considering extending your support.

Together we will prevent Sonoma County from becoming a “news desert.” Together we will sustain and strengthen local journalism.


Nancy Dobbs

President, Sonoma County Local News Initiative

35-year Subscriber to Sonoma West Times & News

P.S. We hope you will join us! Thank you for your involvement and support. 



Rollie Atkinson

Richard Bugarske

Nancy Dobbs

Nancy Dougherty

Susanne Esquivel

Mary Fricker

Ricardo Ibarra

Greg Jacobs



Lowell Bergman

Sarah Bradbury

Chris Dawson

Marie Gewirtz

John Grech

Ray Holley

Mary Luttrell

Sara Peyton

Bruce Robinson

Bleys Rose

Jim Shelton 

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