The Daily Aztec

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The Daily Aztec
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) None
Headquarters San Diego, California, U.S.
Circulation 10,000

The Daily Aztec is a not-for-profit, independent student newspaper serving San Diego State University (SDSU) and the surrounding College Area in San Diego, California.

The Daily Aztec publishes on a regular basis when the university is in session (excluding holidays). It serves a student population of over 35,000 and a faculty and staff population of over 4,000.[1] It is named for the university's mascot, the Aztec.


In the Fall of 1913, the student body of the then-San Diego Normal School voted to begin publishing a four (4) page weekly campus newspaper.[2] The first edition premiered Nov. 26, 1913, as a four-page tabloid, under the name of the Normal News Weekly.[2] In 1921, the paper was renamed the Paper Lantern.[2] In 1960, the paper shifted to daily publication, becoming The Daily Aztec.[2] Over the years the publication's frequency varied; as of Fall 2013 it appears twice a week.[3]


Although previously connected with the SDSU journalism department, The Daily Aztec is now part of the Associated Students of San Diego State University, which runs paper through its Communication Authority Board (CAB).[2] The Daily Aztec does not receive funding from the school or the Associated Students; rather all of the paper's revenue is generated from advertising.[2] The CAB is composed of students, faculty and staff from SDSU and has both permanent and annual members; the CAB hires the editor in chief, approves the paper's budgets, and is responsible for ensuring that paper follows approved advertising and editorial policies.[2]

Editors in chief[edit]

Jacob Sisneros - 2016-2017 Academic Year
Kelly Hillock - 2015-2016 Academic Year
Monica Linzmeier - 2014-2015 Academic Year
Leonardo Castaneda - 2013-2014 Academic Year
Antonio Zaragoza - 2012–2013 Academic Year
Allie Daugherty - 2011–2012 Academic Year [4]
Ruthie Kelly - 2010-2011 Academic Year
Faryar Borhani - 2009-2010 Academic Year
Amanda Strouse - 2008-2009 Academic Year
Giselle Domdom - 2007-2008 Academic Year
Ben Tambaschi - 2006-2007 Academic Year
Raven Tyson - 2005-2006 Academic Year
Joe Zarro -2004-2005 Academic Year
Jessica Zisko - 2002-2003 Academic Year
Matthew A. Dathe 1988-1989 Academic Year

A former managing editor, Dave Hasemeyer (1978–79), went on to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2013 while working for Inside Climate News.[3]


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