The Evanston RoundTable’s mission is to serve as the community’s leading source of news about local government, schools, civic and artistic activities, and other important issues facing our city. We seek to foster civic engagement and empower people to address complex issues facing our diverse community, promoting a better understanding and appreciation of people of all races, ethnicities, and income levels.

We were founded in 1998, publishing a free, every-other-week newspaper, and we have been online since 2008. From the beginning, the RoundTable has been available at no charge, with the aim of making news available to all residents of Evanston.

Over the years, the RoundTable has developed a strong reputation in the community for its in-depth, objective coverage of Evanston’s city government, schools, social issues, arts and culture, and sports. The paper and its reporters, editors and designers have received more than 150 journalism awards from journalism associations and local organizations. For more about the awards, click here.

On April 15, 2020, the RoundTable was incorporated as an Illinois non-for-profit corporation, Evanston RoundTable Media NFP, which took over operations of Evanston RoundTable LLC. In January, 2021, we were granted non-profit status by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) status, which allows us to receive tax-deductible donations.

We believe a not-for-profit organization provides a structure to ensure continuity of this valuable community resource, allowing us to pursue and expand our mission of educating the Evanston community.

Learn more about our staff, our board of directors and the advisory committee that helps guide our work, our statement on diversity, equity and inclusion at the RoundTable, and our policy on editorial independence.