is a Washington City Paper U.S. alternative weekly newspaper serving the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The City Paper is distributed on Thursdays; its average circulation in 2006 was 85,588. The paper's editorial mix is focused on local news and arts. 2018 circulation is 47,000.
Washington City Paper was started in 1981 by Russ Smith and Alan Hirsch, the owners of the . For its first year it was called Baltimore City Paper 1981. The name was changed to City Paper in January 1982 and in December 1982 Smith and Hirsch sold 80% of it to Chicago Reader, Inc. In 1988,  Chicago Reader, Inc. acquired the remaining 20% interest. In July 2007 both the Washington City Paper and the were sold to the Chicago Reader Tampa-based Creative Loafing chain. In 2012, and the Creative Loafing Atlanta Washington City Paper were sold to SouthComm Communications. 
Amy Austin, the longtime general manager, was promoted to publisher in 2003.
Michael Schaffer was named editor in April, 2010, two months after Erik Wemple resigned to run the new local startup TBD. 
Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, filed a lawsuit against the City Paper for a cover story that portrayed him in a negative light.  In response, hundreds of loyal readers donated over $30,000 to a legal defense fund.  
On December 21, 2017, it was announced that D.C.-area venture capitalist and philanthropist Mark Ein would buy the
City Paper. He became the first D.C.-based owner in the paper's history.  Ein announced the creation of two groups to ensure the paper's long-term success: "Alumni Group" and "Friends of Washington City Paper."  
City Paper features include:
a cover feature, 2,500 to 12,000 words in length
an arts feature, 1,200 to 2,000 words in length
The District Line, a section of shorter news features about D.C.
, a news column and blog devoted to D.C. local politics Loose Lips 
Young & Hungry, a food column and blog 
Housing Complex, a real estate column and blog  Music, theater, film, gallery, and book reviews by various writers
City Lights, a section comprising critics' events picks.
Also published is one syndicated feature:
Notable former staffers
Washington City Paper
David Carr - Former staff writer, ; author, The New York Times The Night of the Gun 
Jake Tapper - Chief Washington correspondent, CNN 
Ta-Nehisi Coates - National correspondent, ; author, The Atlantic ; MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient Between the World and Me  
Katherine Boo - Author, ; MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient Behind the Beautiful Forevers 
Erik Wemple - Media critic, The Washington Post 
Jack Shafer - Senior media writer, Politico; former columnist, Reuters; former columnist, Slate 
Amanda Hess - Staff writer, ; former staff writer, The New York Times Slate  Dave McKenna - Staff writer,
David Plotz - CEO, Atlas Obscura; co-host, Slate Political Gabfest; former staff writer, Slate 
Jelani Cobb - Staff writer, The New Yorker 
Clara Jeffery - Editor-in-chief, Mother Jones 
Kara Swisher - Co-founder, Recode  Jason Cherkis - Reporter,
Neil Drumming - Producer, This American Life 
Amanda Ripley - Journalist and author 
Michael Schaffer - Editor, Washingtonian  Brett Anderson - Contributing writer,
The New York Times ; former restaurant critic,  The Times-Picayune  Tom Scocca - Deputy executive editor, Special Projects Desk,
Gizmodo Media Group  Christina Cauterucci - Staff writer,
Slate  Lydia DePillis - Economics reporter,
CNNMoney; former economics reporter, Houston Chronicle; former business reporter, The Washington Post  Jonathan Fischer - Senior editor,
Slate  Josh Levin - Executive editor,
Slate  Jessica Sidman - Food editor,
Washingtonian  Mike DeBonis - Reporter,
The Washington Post  Alan Suderman, Virginia statehouse reporter,
Associated Press  Will Sommer - Reporter,
The Daily Beast  Shani Hilton - Deputy Mangaing Editor, Los Angeles Times 
"Annual Audit Report, December 2011". Larkspur, Calif.: Verified Audit Circulation . Retrieved 2012.
Lowman, Stephen (August 9, 2009). "City Talk: The key players of Washington's influential and controversial weekly paper look back on its legacy". Washington Post . Retrieved 2012.
Celeste, Eric (2012-07-03). "Nashville-based media company SouthComm acquires Creative Loafing Atlanta and Washington City Paper". Clatl.com . Retrieved .
Shott, Chris (2010-04-27). "Michael Schaffer is New Editor of Washington City Paper". Washington City Paper . Retrieved .
McKenna, Dave (2010-11-19). "The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder". Washington City Paper . Retrieved .
Schaffer, Michael (2011-02-02). "Snyder Sues". Washington City Paper. Michael Schaffer . Retrieved 2018.
Ember, Sydney (3 July 2011). "Readers Rally Around Washington City Paper". The New York Times . Retrieved .
Mills, Alexa (21 December 2017). "Long Live City Paper". Washington City Paper . Retrieved .
Shapiro, Ari (22 December 2017). ". 'Washington City Paper' Will Continue To Offer Local News With New Owner" NPR.org . Retrieved .
Beaujon, Andrew (2017-12-21). "Mark Ein Buys Washington City Paper". Washingtonian . Retrieved .
Sommer, Will. "Loose Lips - All About D.C. Politics". Washingtoncitypaper.com . Retrieved .
Pipkin, Whitney. "Young & Hungry - D.C. Restaurants and Food". Washingtoncitypaper.com . Retrieved .
Wiener, Aaron. "Housing Complex - D.C. Real Estate, Development, and Urbanism". Washingtoncitypaper.com . Retrieved .
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Coates, Ta-Nehisi (19 February 2015). "In Memory of David Carr, Who Made Me a Journalist". The Atlantic . Retrieved .
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Dixon, Glenn. "The Paper Where Ta-Nehisi Coates Learned the Ropes". The New Republic . Retrieved 2017.
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Mullin, Benjamin. "Press critic Jack Shafer to join Politico" . Retrieved 2017.
"Amanda Hess to be Keynote Speaker at Raliance Media Summit". Poynter . Retrieved 2017.
Lynch, Matthew. "Deadspin hires Dave McKenna for the ESPN beat". Politico . Retrieved 2017.
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Scocca, Tom. "Washington NFL Owner Daniel Snyder Finds Another Embarrassing, No-Win Project to Spend His Money On". Slate . Retrieved 2017.
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Roush, Chris. "Houston Chronicle econ reporter DePillis leaves for CNNMoney". Talking Biz News . Retrieved 2017.
Beaujon, Andrew (2017-06-02). "Three Ideas for Saving Washington City Paper*". Washingtonian . Retrieved .
"Mike DeBonis joins congressional team". The Washington Post . Retrieved 2018.
"AP hires Alan Suderman as Va. statehouse reporter". Associated Press . Retrieved 2018.
Roush, Chris. "Daily Beast hires Sommer to cover tech and digital culture". Talking Biz News . Retrieved 2018.
"Los Angeles Times Names Shani Hilton Deputy Managing Editor". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved 2019.