The ''Daily Breeze'' is a 57,000-circulation daily newspaper published in Hermosa Beach, California, United States. It serves the South Bay cities of Los Angeles County. Its slogan is "LAX to LA Harbor".

Early history

The paper was founded as the weekly ''The Breeze'' in 1894 by local political activist S. D. Barkley and first served the local Redondo Beach community. Coverage eventually spread to other coastal cities, and by 1922, it had become a daily publication. In 1928, the ''Daily Breeze'' was purchased by Copley Press. The competition went out of business in 1970 (The ''Torrance Herald'', 1913–1969).

Modern history

Like most of the newspaper industry, the ''Daily Breeze'' has suffered its share of hardships, with the rise of free news on the Internet and the competitive Los Angeles media market. It merged with the (San Pedro) ''News-Pilot'' in 1999. In 2005, it added to its circulation numbers through the purchase of two local weeklies, ''The Beach Reporter'' and ''Palos Verdes Peninsula News''. In 2003, it created another weekly, ''More San Pedro'', in the Harbor Area. In December 2006, the paper was sold to the Hearst Corporation in a complex transaction that left the paper under the day-to-day control of Dean Singleton's MediaNews Group and its subsidiary, the Los Angeles Newspaper Group (LANG). Singleton announced that he would fold the paper into the LANG operations, but not cut salaries. Singleton will eventually come to own the ''Daily Breeze'' under a 2007 plan to acquire ownership of the paper as part of a swap with Hearst in which Hearst would trade some California papers and the ''St. Paul Pioneer Press'' for an increased stake in Singleton's non-California operations. In 2008, the paper ceased producing its weekly supplement, ''More San Pedro''. Nine staff members were laid off at the same time including four reporters, a web editor, and a newsroom assistant. In 2015 the ''Daily Breeze'' won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for its coverage of a financial scandal in the Centinela Valley Union High School District. The paper had earlier won a Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for the same investigation.2014 Winners
Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards (accessed 2014-04-20).

In Popular Culture

Film Pineapple Express and television show Zeke & Luther have filmed at the Daily Breeze previous headquarters location in Torrance, California.


Further reading

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