Based in downtown Bend, the Source was founded in 1997 by Aaron and Angela Switzer, who continue to independently own and operate this vibrant local paper. Several years after founding the Source Weekly, the Switzers also founded Lay It Out Events, offering a host of events including the Bite of Bend, WinterFest and SummerFest. 2016 marked the launch of Bend Nest: A Parenting Magazine, a Source Weekly sister publication.
Our mission: to go deeper into the stories Central Oregon is talking about, and to offer thoughtful, well-researched, sometimes humorous and always entertaining insight into issues—with a lens of equity and social justice, and the goal of balanced journalism, backed by diligent fact checking.
In addition to covering local news, the Source Weekly maintains the most comprehensive events calendar in the region, and produces a host of guides and special issues—including Scout, our annual visitor’s guide; an annual Best of Central Oregon issue; a biannual Happy Hour Guide; an annual Restaurant Guide; a Breakfast & Lunch Guide and The Leaflet, our biannual guide to the cannabis scene in Central Oregon.