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118 Years Of Publishing

November 02, 1989|Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Researcher

William Randolph Hearst founded the Los Angeles Examiner in 1903, in order to assist his campaign for the presidential nomination on the Democratic ticket and to complement his San Francisco Examiner.

Over the years a series of changes involving two other Los Angeles dailies--including two mergers--took place, culminating with the creation of the Hearst chain's Los AngelesHerald Examiner in January, 1962.

On December 15, 1967, Herald Examiner employees began a strike that lasted almost a decade and resulted in at least $15 million in losses. At the time of the labor strife, the paper's irculation was about 721,000 daily and it had 2,000 employees. The strike ended in March, 1977, with circulation having dropped to about 330,000 and the number of employees to 700.

The paper--though continuing to publish --never really recovered. On Wednesday it was announced that publication would cease today.

HOW THE HERALD EXAMINER EVOLVED Los Angeles Express: Mar. 27, 1871 - May 2, 1916 Evening Express: May 3, 1916 - Feb. 28,1919 Los Angeles Evening Express: Mar. 1919 - Dec. 9, 1931 (Hearst buys, 1931) Los Angeles Daily Herald: Oct. 2, 1873 - Mar. 22, 1890 Los Angeles Herald: Mar. 23, 1890 - Nov. 1, 1911 (Hearst buys, 1922) Los Angeles Evening Herald: Nov. 2, 1911 - Dec. 9, 1931 Los Angeles Evening Herald & Express: Dec. 10, 1931 - Jan. 7, 1962 (Hearst starts) Los Angeles Examiner: Dec. 12, 1903 - Jan. 7, 1962 Los Angeles Herald Examiner: Jan. 8, 1962 - Nov. 2, 1989

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