Athens County Independent

Accurate, complete and unbiased news by and for the people of Athens County


Empowering Athens County residents to engage with their communities through accessible public service journalism.

About our journalism

We are Athens County’s only independent, locally governed and operated newsroom. Here’s what readers say about us:

“Amazing context and insight with a focus on serving readers, not advertisers or top-down corporate pressure on content.”

“Love the in-depth reporting on city council shenanigans and other on the ground reporting that larger outlets can’t/won’t cover.”

“No-fluff, hard-hitting news that covers local governments.”

“Thoughtful. Fearless. Authentic. Local. Very well done reporting.”

We provide accessible public service journalism to help residents engage with their communities — and we deliver on that promise. Readers say that because of our coverage, they
• attended a community event (46%)
• voted in an election (26%)
• decided how to vote in an election (24%)
• donated to a local cause other than the Independent (21%)
• attended a public meeting (20%)
• attended a political event or protest (19%)
• contacted an elected official (15%)


Athens, OH, USA



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