Serving Whitman County since 1877

About Whitman County Gazette

Our History

The Whitman County Gazette is the oldest continuously published newspaper in Washington state. It was first published in 1877 as the Palouse Gazette, then later changed to the Colfax Gazette. The Colfax Gazette purchased a competing paper, the Colfax Commoner, and for many years the merged papers were known as the Colfax Gazette-Commoner. This was eventually shortened to the previously used moniker of Colfax Gazette. In 1989, the name was changed to the Whitman County Gazette to reflect its county-wide distribution.

Among the Gazette family of publications, the Colfax Daily Bulletin was started in 1936 and eventually purchased by the Gazette.

The Gazette and Bulletin are today owned by Free Press Publishing, Inc., owned and operated by Bill Ifft and Roger Harnack. Free Press Publishing acquired the papers from former owner/publisher Gordon Forgey on March 1, 2020. Bill serves and president and Roger as publisher of the Eastern Washington media company.

Under Free Press Publishing, the Gazette and Bulletin joined the Cheney Free Press, Davenport Times, Fairchild Extra (Fairchild Air Force Base), Odessa Record, Ritzville Adams County Journal, Spokane Valley News Herald and West Plains Extra (Airway Heights).