Located in the Kenai- Soldotna area, the Peninsula Clarion is one of Alaska’s most recognized news publications. Serving a thriving and diverse economic location, the printed circulation covers the majority of the Kenai Peninsula, while the online edition reaches users worldwide.
The Peninsula Clarion got its start in 1970 as a strident little weekly that editorialized on all its pages. That same year the paper was purchased by Dick Morgan, Max Swearingen, and Pat O’Connell.
In those early years, the paper was printed in a building next to an area bar in Old Town Kenai. One former editor likened the location to a “cubicle”. The Clarion has since moved to its present (and larger) location on Trading Bay Road.
With the paper’s continued growth, the conversion was made in 1978 from a weekly to a Monday through Friday publication. The 1990s brought about further changes with the move from tabloid to broadsheet format and the addition of publishing a Sunday edition. The Clarion began producing its web edition in April of 2000.
In 2018 the paper was sold to Washington based Sound Publishing, a subsidiary of Black Press, LTD. The shared passion for community and award winning journalism is the driving force behind the Peninsula Clarion being so much more than a daily paper and truly bringing community home.