History

Welcome to the Alameda Sun!

The Alameda Sun began publishing in 2001 as Alameda’s only independently owned and operated newspaper (its first in more than a decade). The newspaper is majority owned by Alameda residents. Home-delivered free of charge every Thursday with a current circulation of 23,000, the Alameda Sun prides itself on focusing solely on Alameda news, events, people and causes.

List of Awards

  • Alameda Sun, 2002 New Business of the Year Award - Alameda Chamber of Commerce
  • Alameda Sun, Community Partner Recognition Award - Alameda Civic Light Opera, 2003.
  • Alameda Sun, Outstanding Coverage of Local Arts Events and Arts Issues - Alameda City Arts Council, 2003.
  • Alameda Sun, California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest - Blue Ribbon Finalist: Public Service "Most Racist City in America." 2003.
  • Julia Park, Leadership Education Networking and Achievement Award - Isle City Business and Professional Women, 2003.
  • Ryan White, Editor - California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest - Certificate of Achievement: Editorial Comment 2004.
  • Julia Park, Editor - Press Club of the East Bay Best Editorial 2005.
  • Marc Albert, Editor - Press Club of the East Bay Third Place, Series on Alameda Point Cleanup 2007.
  • Alameda Sun - Second Annual NOAH Award from the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter for service to the Alameda Animal Shelter and sheltered pets who reside there. 2011.

The Alameda Sun offers many opportunities for the residents of Alameda to give voice to their opinions and experiences, with interactive features such as The Sun Shines Everywhere, commentaries, columns and letters to the editor.

The Alameda Sun strives to feature well-written local stories with humor, sensitivity and style, and aims to cover all the Island happenings.

The Alameda Sun is the only publication in Alameda to regularly cover local business, religion, technology, green living, boats/maritime, historic homes / architectural preservation and complete crime reporting, among other unique features including local columnists.

Our staff of passionate professionals possess more than 70 years of combined experience in the newspaper industry.

Contributions to Alameda/Community Involvement

The Alameda Sun is a tireless supporter of Alameda community causes and the local business community.

Sun Staff currently provides volunteer support to the following Alameda non-profit groups: Rhythmix Cultural Works (Eric J. Kos Former Secretary of the Board); Alameda Welfare Council (Carrie Beavers - Board Member at Large); Greater Alameda Business Association (Eric J. Kos - 4-year Past President, 3-year Past Secretary); Alameda Museum (Dennis Evanosky - Guest Lecturer - Board Member at Large); Pacific Pinball Museum (Eric J. Kos - Muralist/Volunteer); Rotary Club (Carrie Beavers - Member) Alameda Library (Dennis Evanosky, Eric J. Kos - Guest Lecturers); Alameda Walks, a program of the City of Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (Dennis Evanosky, Eric J. Kos - History Tour Guides); and Mastick Senior Center (Dennis Evanosky - Guest Lecturer). And in Oakland: Oakland Heritage Alliance (Dennis Evanosky - Tour Guide and Lecturer) Mountain View Cemetery (Dennis Evanosky - Docent), Pardee Home Museum (Dennis Evanosky - Docent), and Preservation Park (Dennis Evanosky - Docent). 

The Alameda Sun has donated ad space to local school fundraisers and to local organizations such as: Alameda Education Foundation, Alameda Meals on Wheels, Alameda Midway Shelter, Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Girls Inc. of the Island City, The Friends of the Parks and the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. The paper makes regular ad donations to deserving entities such as the Alameda Legacy Home Tour, Project Youthview, Alameda Family Services, Alameda Food Bank, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, The Annual Lunar New Year Festival, the Alameda Association of Realtors' Green Expo, the Greater Alameda Business Association's Tour de Tracks, Alameda Business Network, the Alameda Firefighters Annual Pancake Breakfast, the St. Philip Neri-St. Albert the Great Good Time Faire, and deserving political causes.

Employees of the Alameda Sun have volunteered their time for, or the Alameda Sun has sponsored: Art in the Park, Run for the Parks, Webster Street Jam, Art & Wine Faire, The Fourth of July Parade, the Spring Festival, the Classic Car Show, Alameda Bike to Work Day and the Alameda Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival, Coastal Clean Up Day, The Commuters Golf Tournament, Rhythmix Bingo, the Pacific Pinball Exposition and Concerts at the Cove.

The Alameda Sun supports local public and private schools and has contributed plants and equipment to several school gardens and hosted students as part of Groundhog Job Shadow Day. The Alameda Sun often features student-written articles and poetry, as well as in-depth regular education news coverage. Sun staffers have volunteered at local schools (preschool through high school), giving demonstrations and talks about the newspaper business, and participated in the Principal for a Day event.

The Alameda Sun, an Alameda-based small business itself, supports local business with advertising sections such as Nightlife, The Chestnut Encinal Station, The Marketplace Corner, as well as High Street and Bay Street station features. There are also standing features for the West Alameda, Park Street and Greater Alameda business associations. Within a month of beginning publication, the Sun launched a “Shop Alameda First” campaign, featuring free stickers for merchants’ windows and special promotions designed to further promote local commerce and keep tax dollars on the Island.

The Alameda Sun regularly features stories from PSBA, WABA and GABA in their related special sections, and the Alameda Sun continues to promote and support local businesses in every way possible, with creative ad campaigns, group rates and collaborations.

The Alameda Sun supports local authors. Since the paper's inception, the Sun has given young journalists opportunities to get published through an internship program. Several of these interns gained recognition and assembled a portfolio of work that allowed them to be hired to full-time work in their chosen field.

Alameda as the Locale for our Business

There is no other possible location for the Alameda Sun besides the beautiful Island City of Alameda. The founders saw a niche in their town for all-local news coverage and sought to fill it once the last independent newspaper company sold their Alameda publication to an out-of-town national chain.

The past 10 years have shown the Alameda Sun's commitment to what was promised in the first issue: to give Alamedans (not Piedmonters or San Leandrans or any other city’s residents) the local news and fun tidbits about Alameda kids, Alameda neighbors and Alameda neighborhoods – both ends of the Island and Bay Farm, too – in a family-friendly format and with the best caliber of writing possible.

The Alameda Sun was created for the people of Alameda, to help keep them informed of what is going on in their city. The Sun's aim has always been to promote the Island, and staff considers this a top priority.

The paper's other priority is to preserve history for coming generations of Alamedans.

The Past Informs the Present

Alameda Sun Publishers Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos are steeped in local history. As regular lecturers and tour guides, Kos and Evanosky draw from knowledge collected while writing their five local history titles together: East Bay Then and Now, San Francisco in Photographs, San Francisco Then and Now, Los Angeles From the Air Then and Now and Lost San Francisco. Kos and the Alameda Sun staff also worked to publish Evanosky's three titles: Oakland's Laurel District, Mountain View Cemetery and Alameda: An Architectural Treasure Chest. This unique institutional knowledge helps the Alameda Sun not forget to record historic milestones in Alameda, such as the anniversary of the incorporation of the city, or the creation of Alameda as an island.

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