Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston (left) and Paula Routly.
Pamela Polston (left) and Paula Routly.

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Arts, Business, Writers

Notable Facts

Co-founder of Seven Days, Vermont's alternative print and web weekly.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

03/29/1949

Primary Residence

Burlington

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Pamela Polston is best known for co-founding "Seven Days," Vermont's alternative print and web weekly. She created the media company along with Paula Routly, making "Seven Days" owned and operated by women. "Seven Days" is a free weekly that is circulated within two hours of Burlington. Pamela Polston is originally from Omaha, Nebraska but settled in Vermont while pursuing her Master's degree at the University of Vermont. Polston and Routly met in 1986 while working for the Vanguard Press. Polston was the arts editor at the Vanguard, but when that paper folded, she became a freelance writer for the Vermont Times. In 1995, while working for the Vermont Times, Paula Routly was asked to create an arts-only paper. Along with Pamela Polston, she formed A sister paper, VOX, which thrived for four months. Soon after VOX was founded, the Vermont Times was put up for sale, so Routly and Polston left to form their own paper. On September 6, 1995, within six weeks of its founding, "Seven Days" was on the streets. Through their hard work and dedication, Pamela Polston and Paula Routly have grown Seven Days from a 28-page paper to a 100-PLUS-page paper in two sections. Seven Days also publishes a dining guide, website and student guide.

Occupations

  • Writer and Editor

Education

  • B.A University of Nebraska
  • Masters University of Vermont

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Information and History about Seven Days Link

  • Article about founding of Seven Days Link

  • Video of Seven Days 12th birthday, Routly and Polston talk about their founding of the paper Link

  • Founding and history of "Seven Days" Link

  • Interview of Routly and Polston Link