The Los Angeles Sentinel is an African American owned and operated newspaper that puts emphasis on issues concerning the African-American community and it's readers. Its a highly regarded paper that significantly influences the perceptions, attitudes and buying decisions of it's readership.
The paper was established in 1933 by Col Leon H. Washington. Mrs Ruth Washington, the wife of Col Washington, remained the publisher until her death in 1990. Attorney Kenneth R Thomas (President/CEO 1990-1997), and his wife, Jennifer Thomas (President/CEO 1997-2004), purchased the newspaper in 1983 and remained the owners until 2004, when it was purchased by Danny J Bakewell, a well known and successful real estate developer, businessman, and philanthropist. Mr. Bakewell Sr. became the executive publisher, chairman and chief executive officer in March 2004.
Over it's existence of more than 70 years, the Sentinel has been awarded hundreds of professional and community service awards, and has been received as a member of all of the nationally recognized Newspaper publishing organizations. The Sentinel is a member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation, The National Newspaper Association, The National Newspaper Publishers Association, and The California Newspaper Publishers Association to name a few.
The Sentinel is published weekly on Thursdays and boasts boasts a readership of over 125,000. Like a weekly magazine, The Sentinel stays in the home from week to week and is the largest paid African American owned newspaper in the West, having a paid ABC audited circulation.