About the Messenger

Mailing Address:

PO Box 8069
Medford, OR 97501


Our Mission

Launched in 2014, the Rogue Valley Messenger started at a time when people said that newspapers are dead.

We are proud to prove them wrong.

We appreciate the interest and enthusiasm that Rogue Valley residents have expressed in what we have to say, and to write.

We see ourselves as community-builders—providing important information and insights about the people and politics, and culture and curiosity of Southern Oregon.

We strive to publish fun, smart and engaging articles, from music and food reviews, to investigative stories that ask tough questions, and consider the successes and failures of local government agencies.

We try to provide as much news, entertainment and information that we can pack into each issue, and address the many aspects that make life in southern Oregon exciting, with regular columns like:

Rogue Sounds,” a listen to local bands;

Drink Local” sampling local beers, wines and cocktails;

Public Profile,” a Q&A with civic leaders;

Go Here,” suggestions for nearby outdoor activities; and,

Art Watch,” a consideration of a gallery or artist.

And, of course, every issue hosts the region’s most comprehensive listing of events and cultural happenings, to point you in whatever direction.

We distribute our newspapers every other week throughout the Rogue Valley, from Ashland to Grants Pass, and many points in-between. Click here for all of our locations.


Who We Are

Editorial Staff


Phil Busse has done his tour of duty in alt-weeklies, starting his career as the first environmental reporter for San Francisco Weekly, and covering a crime beat for Eugene Weekly while in law school at University of Oregon. He helped start up the Portland Mercury in 2000, and served for three years as the Editor for Bend Source before helping launch the Rogue Valley Messenger.


Sara Jane Wiltermood manages the Food, Wellness, Culture, Sound, Screen, and Sports & Outdoors. She also is responsible for selecting our Picks for each issue. A native from near Grants Pass, she received her B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communications from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, in 2007 before hustling back to southern Oregon, where she now lives on a farm with her husband and darling daughter, where they raise pigs, rabbits, chickens and goats.


Jordon Lindsey knows everything that’s going on in the region, from a regular yoga class to a once-in-a-lifetime concert. He also plays numerous instruments, some even at the same time.



Production & Business Staff



Katie Ball worked as a graphic designer with Bend Source before stepping into the role as Production Manager. An artist at heart, Katie loves to create beautiful things and be in beautiful places. She also is patient and curious, which is a great recipe for her duties as our Sales Manager.


Sara Louton with Advanced Books, is our trusted accountant. We cannot recommend her highly, or often, enough.


Tammy Wilder uses magic to turn our print paper into this modern, functional website and makes sure it’s safe from Russian hackers. 


  1. September 19, 2015 at 10:07 am — Reply

    I hope the Messenger succeeds. It’s a big challenge to sustain a quality publication in a small market.

    How about including a staff directory so that readers can contact with writers and editors? The reply filter feels like a barrier to direct communication.

  2. January 18, 2016 at 11:53 pm — Reply

    Big thank you for the article on me and my book, 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks! Greatly appreciated. Nice job, Sara Jane!

    I am interested in knowing more about your local marketing services when they are ready.

  3. Denise
    September 4, 2016 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Can you tell me specifically where in the Grants Pass area I can pick up a copy of The Messenger? I got my first copy at the THC Fair & found it very refreshing from our usual choices of news media around here. However, I don’t know where I can get future copies. Thanks for your time!!

  4. October 20, 2017 at 10:36 pm — Reply

    What a great newspaper! Thanks so much for the wonderful article on our new restaurant. I love how well-written your articles and coverage are!

  5. July 10, 2018 at 8:49 am — Reply

    Hi, this is Greg O’Neill, in Spokane, WA, home of Whitworth University where your managing editor got her degree in Journalism. In the Navy I served as a journalist, and newspaper editor, putting out a 12 page weekly publication, and never missed a deadline doing it. Putting out a newspa- per that people want to read, and look forward to its coming out, is a challenge, but it really does help to build community. All goes well I will be moving to Ashland this month to get my White Tiger Farm established on properties near Ashland, Klamath Falls, and Medford, where I will use
    advanced, high density food growing systems, along with ‘food forest’ design and layout in outdoor plantings, right alongside greenhouse struc-
    tures that use Zome and Geodesic geometry, to grow rare species in year round.

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