|Owner(s)||Digital First Media|
|Founder(s)||S. D. Barkley|
|Headquarters||2615 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 United States|
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).
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 two major awards for its series of investigative reports, throughout 2014, regarding a financial scandal in the Centinela Valley Union High School District. In March, the paper won a Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Community Journalism for the investigation, and in April the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.
In Popular Culture
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- Micheli, Carolyn (2015-03-17). "Scripps Howard Awards Honor Nation's Best 2014 Journalism". Scripps Howard Foundation (Press release). Retrieved 2022-03-21.
- "The Pulitzer Prizes - 2015 Pulitzer Winners will be announced April 20". Pulitzer.org. 2015-03-05. Archived from the original on 2015-03-06. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
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- Hagen, Ryan. "What is Digital First Media and the Southern California News Group who just purchased the Orange County Register?". San Bernardino Sun. Archived from the original on 2016-04-03. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- Roderick, Kevin (June 29, 2015). "Journalists of the year and more from the LA Press Club awards". LA Observed. Archived from the original on 2015-08-02. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
- Bartholowmew, Dana (May 10, 2015). "Torrance Daily Breeze takes home five statewide journalism awards". Daily Breeze. Archived from the original on 2015-07-25. Retrieved 24 July 2015.