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About Us

About Us
Scale model maker Mark Alvarado made this miniature of our historic building (circa 2011, notice the window changes) on the corner of Georgia and Bond.

The Source Weekly

Bend’s Independent Voice Since 1997

The Source Weekly is a weekly newspaper based in Bend, Ore., covering news, art, music, events, outdoors and other issues of interest to readers in Central Oregon.

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.

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.

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.

Have an event to share? It’s free to submit and share your event on our Calendar page.
Looking to connect with us? Visit our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feeds to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Central Oregon, or visit our Contact Us page to email us directly.

Our Team

  • Chad Barnes

    Chad Barnes
    Account Executive

    Chad is a SoCal native and proud Oregon State University alumni. Go Beavs! He enjoys kayaking and fishing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. He loves living in Bend with his lovely fiancé and their two pups.

  • Ashley Sarvis

    Ashley Sarvis
    Account Executive

    Ashley is a native Floridian who enjoys live music, strong coffee, and a good Old Fashioned. She is a former Olympic trapeze artist with an extensive bug collection.

  • Ban Tat

    Ban Tat
    Account Executive

    Ban is a proud father, fearless volleyball coach and an avid sponge painter.

  • Jennifer Galler

    Jennifer Galler
    Art Director/Production Manager

    Creative, quirky, and lost in her imagination, singing and dancing to the melody in her head. Jennifer proudly earned her Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from Portland State University, where she was taught to think outside the box, and to focus on the future.

  • Angela Switzer

    Angela Switzer
    Controller/Bend Nest Editor

    One of the original members of the Source team, Angela remembers the days of ringing fax machines and crying babies when the newspaper operated out of her home. She loves all things outdoors, especially mountain biking with hubby, trail running and cooking gourmet meals, while camping in her beloved Eurovan. Her partner in crime is a mini Aussie named Kashi. She is a self-taught accounting wizard, loves to read non-fiction books and is the Editor of Bend Nest Parenting Magazine.

  • Richard Sitts

    Richard Sitts
    Copy Editor

    Richard Sitts grew up in the midwest, mostly in Kansas. After earning a journalism degree from Kansas State University, he worked in various capacities at newspapers in Kansas, New York, New Mexico, California and Colorado, before arriving in Bend several years ago. Highlights included working as a bureau reporter covering the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Ariz., copy editing and writing stories for the Albuquerque Tribune, and serving as editor for a group of four weekly newspapers in central California. Once, between journalism jobs in Houston, he worked as the assistant stage manager at an old school, burlesque dinner theater. The second show every night, the dancers performed topless, as he moved curtains and props, and operated the dry ice fog machine.

  • Nicole Vulcan

    Nicole Vulcan

    Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. You can mostly find her raising chickens, walking dogs, riding all the bikes and attempting to turn a high desert scrap of land into a permaculture oasis.

  • Jared Rasic

    Jared Rasic
    Film Reviewer

    Film critic and author of food, arts and culture stories for the Source Weekly since 2010.

  • Aaron Switzer

    Aaron Switzer

    Aaron Switzer is the founder and publisher of the Source. He remains fascinated with the art of communication even after being marinated in it for the past 30 years. He has many favorites but they pale in comparison to mountain biking on the middle fork of the Willamette with any family member who will go. Believes ultimate frisbee is the worst sport and best game ever invented. Thinks everyone should ride a motorcycle.

  • Ben Irish

    Ben Irish
    Graphic Designer

    Ben is a Bend native who recently returned from San Diego, CA. He graduated from the University of Oregon in June 2020 and has since then pursued a passion for digital arts and graphic design.

  • Jennifer Baires

    Jennifer Baires
    Investigative Reporter

    Jennifer is a features and investigative reporter for the Source Weekly; her work is supported by the Lay It Out Foundation. She is passionate about stories that further transparency and accountability in our region. A nerd at heart, Jennifer enjoys diving into wonky topics and messy data. Away from her computer and reporting notebook, she can be found chasing her two young children around parks and soccer fields.

  • Julianna LaFollette

    Julianna LaFollette

    Julianna earned her Masters in Journalism at NYU in 2024. She loves writing local stories about interesting people and events. When she’s not reporting, you can find her cooking, participating in outdoor activities or attempting to keep up with her 90 pound dog, Finn.

Awards We've Won


First Place — Best Feature Story, awarded to Daniel Pearson (Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism)


3rd place – Social Issues Reporting, awarded to Eric Flowers (Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism)


1st Place – Writing, awarded to Eric Flowers (Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association)


1st place – Best Editorial/Column, awarded to Nicole Vulcan/Aaron Switzer (Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association)

1st place – Best Feature Writing, awarded to Nicole Vulcan (Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association)

2nd place – Target Audience Publication General Excellence (Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association)


1st place - Best Editorial/Column, awarded to Nicole Vulcan/Aaron Switzer (Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association)

1st place – Target Audience Publication General Excellence (Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association)

1st place – Design, awarded to Shannon Corey, Wyatt Gaines, Esther Gray (Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association)

2nd place – Best Feature Writing, awarded to Nicole Vulcan (Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association)

3rd place – Best Feature Writing, awarded to Chris Miller (Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association)


1st place - Best Feature Writing, awarded to Nicole Vulcan (Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association)

1st Place - Design, awarded to Shannon Corey, Esther Gray, Darris Hurst


2nd Place - Multimedia Storytelling, awarded to Nicole Vulcan (Society of Professional Journalists, Oregon)

Source Weekly Editorial Policies:

Fact Checking Policy

Our editorial team makes every effort to verify the information provided to us is accurate and truthful before we publish it. Reporters are responsible for checking names, dates, titles, days and dates, addresses and URLs and other factual information in their stories, and for verifying the information included in quotes is accurate and truthful. An editor and copy editor subsequently edit and fact-check information provided in stories before they go to press or are published online. If you encounter information you deem incorrect on our site or in our print publication, please email [email protected] and provide any supporting documentation so that we can review it and assess whether a correction is in order. (see Corrections policy below)

Ethics Policy

Our ethics policy is simple: seek the truth. Verify information before it’s published. Aim to present a responsible and fair glimpse of the issue at hand. Be accurate, and correct inaccuracies as soon as possible.

Our editorial team does not engage in “pay to play” journalism, in which sources pay or otherwise influence us to write a positive story on them, and our news and advertising departments engage in separate duties so as not to allow undue influence from advertisers over our editorial coverage. When we are in doubt about a particular ethics-related question in our journalism, we rely on the trusted guidance from the Society of Professional Journalists and The Associate Press’ ethics policies to help us make sound decisions.

Corrections policy

When we make a mistake in our stories, we will update or otherwise correct the story in its online form as soon as possible and will add a note to the story that indicates what changes we made. We will also publish a printed correction in our print edition, if the error appeared in print, within three weeks of the initial error.

Comment policy

We believe in people’s First Amendment rights to free speech, even if we don’t agree with their arguments, and will not remove comments simply because they differ with the personal or political perspectives of our staff. We do reserve the right to remove comments or block users from our website and social media accounts should they use libelous or slanderous language— in other words, when they write things that are untrue or intended to defame someone. We also reserve the right to remove or block users who post spam on our site(s), and to filter comments for disinformation, hate speech and threats.

Thanks for reading!

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