The Daily News of Los Angeles, also known as the Los Angeles Daily News, is the second largest circulating daily newspaper of Los Angeles, California. It is published by the MediaNews Group. The Daily News is the flagship of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, which owns eight other Southern California newspapers including The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and The Long Beach Press-Telegram.
It began life in 1911 as the Van Nuys Call, morphing into the Van Nuys News after a merger with a competing newspaper called the News. In 1941, the newspaper was renamed the Van Nuys News and Valley Green Sheet, the "green sheet" being a reference for the paper's extensive classified advertising. The Green Sheet name is used today as an insult by veterans of the Los Angeles Times to refer to the days when classified ads outnumbered the pages of news, and when the newspaper was given away for free. During much of this period, the entire newspaper (in later days, just the outer page) was printed on green-tinted newsprint.
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. Throughout this period, an iconic green stripe continued to appear along the right-hand edge of the front page.
In 1981, the paper changed its name to the Daily News of Los Angeles. In 1985, the paper was sold by Tribune to Jack Kent Cooke, who spent millions of dollars in building state of the art offices and expanding coverage to include the entire San Fernando Valley. The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner went out of business November 2, 1989, leaving the Daily News the second biggest paper in the city. 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.
The offices of the Daily News are based in Woodland Hills, and much of the paper's reporting is targeted toward readers in suburban areas of the city. As a result, its stories tend to focus on issues surrounding business, education, and crime, and it is generally taken to have a center-right editorial orientation as opposed to the Los Angeles Times and other area periodicals. It also has historically had more front-page coverage of local Valley politics and government than the Times.
The paper's editorial page and news reporting helped drive and organize the Valley Secession movement: whether the 1.35 million residents of the San Fernando Valley would split off to form a new city. The story had been neglected by the larger LA Times. On November 5, 2002, a majority of voters in the Valley voted in favor of secession, but it was not approved by the rest of the city. Under longtime editor Ron Kaye, the Daily News continued to spotlight waste and inefficiency in local government and publish sharp-toned editorials critical of same. Ron Kaye resigned in May, 2008. The current editor is Carolina Garcia.
The current Daily News should not be confused with the Los Angeles Daily News, a morning newspaper based in Downtown Los Angeles which ceased publication on December 18, 1954.