Los Angeles Daily News

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This article is about the present-day newspaper. For the newspaper of the same name published from 1923 to 1954, see Los Angeles Daily News (historic).
Los Angeles Daily News
La daily news 7-19-09.jpg
The July 19, 2009 front page of the
Daily News of Los Angeles
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) MediaNews Group
Publisher Ron Hasse
Editor Mike Anastasi
Founded 1911
(as the Van Nuys Call)

21860 Burbank Blvd. #200

Los Angeles, CA 91367
 United States
Circulation 82,431 Daily
94,073 Sunday
(March 2013)[1]
Website www.dailynews.com

The Los Angeles Daily News is the second-largest-circulating daily newspaper of Los Angeles, California. It is the flagship of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, a branch of Colorado-based MediaNews Group.

The offices of the Daily News are in Woodland Hills, and much of the paper's reporting is targeted toward readers in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. Its stories tend to focus on issues involving valley businesses, education and crime. It endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008,[2] but then endorsed his opponent Mitt Romney in 2012.[3]

The current[when?] editor is Michael Anastasi.[4]


The Daily News began life in 1911 as the Van Nuys Call,[5] morphing into the Van Nuys News after a merger with a competing newspaper called the News. In 1953, the newspaper was renamed the Van Nuys News and Valley Green Sheet,[5] the "green sheet" being a reference for the paper's extensive classified advertising. During this period, the newspaper was delivered four times a week for free to readers in 14 zoned editions in the San Fernando Valley.[6]

In 1971, the newspaper was sold to the Tribune Company by the original family owners. In 1976, to de-emphasize the Van Nuys location, the paper changed its name to the Valley News and Green Sheet, and gradually converted from the four times a week operation to a daily newspaper with paid circulation. During this period, circulation increased to 210,000.

In 1981, the paper changed its name to the Daily News of Los Angeles and became a daily publication.[5] In 1985, Tribune sold the paper to Jack Kent Cooke, who spent millions of dollars building state of the art offices and expanding coverage to include the entire San Fernando Valley.

When the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner went out of business November 2, 1989, it left the Daily News the second-biggest paper in the city behind the Los Angeles Times. Upon Cooke's death in 1998, William Dean Singleton's MediaNews purchased the newspaper and consolidated it with his other Southern California MediaNews holdings into the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.[7]

The group briefly published local editions for the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and Ventura County. However, to cut costs and consolidate resources, these local editions have been eliminated. As part of circulation reporting for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, all papers in LANG are considered editions of the Daily News.[8]

The Daily News bears no relation to an earlier Los Angeles Daily News, a morning newspaper based in Downtown Los Angeles which ceased publication on December 18, 1954.

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  1. ^ "Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. March 31, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/opinions/ci_10756431
  3. ^ Daily News
  4. ^ "Daily News - Contacts". Los Angeles Newspaper Group. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  5. ^ a b c Pitt, Dale (2000). Los Angeles A to Z. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-520-20530-7. OCLC 248510988. 
  6. ^ http://ronkayela.com/2009/05/when-the-story-of-who.html
  7. ^ Roberts, Gene; Kunkel, Thomas; Layton, Charles, eds. (2001). Leaving Readers Behind: The Age of Corporate Newspapering. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 1610752325. 
  8. ^ http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2013/04/al_martinez_pens_final_co.php

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