The Pasadena Star-News is a paid local daily newspaper for the greater Pasadena, California area. The Pasadena Star-News is a member of Southern California News Group[1] (formerly the Los Angeles Newspaper Group), since 1996. It is also part of the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group, along with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and the Whittier Daily News.

Pasadena Star-News
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Digital First Media
PublisherRon Hasse
EditorFrank Pine
Staff writersTeresa Liu (Pasadena community reporter), Keith Birmingham (news photographer), Larry Wilson (Editorial Board member)
Headquarters2 N. Lake Ave. Suite 150
Pasadena, California 91101
Sister newspapersLos Angeles Daily News
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Whittier Daily News


Tournament of Roses New Year's Number 1917

First published in 1884, the paper was originally located at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Oakland Avenue for years. That building is now home to Technique at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and 24 Hour Fitness.[2] The first radio broadcast of the Rose Parade in 1926 aired from the newspaper's radio station KPSN, which broadcast out of a pair of radio towers that the building once hosted.[2] From 1904 to 1940[3] Charles H. Prisk, was one of the first publishers and owner of the Pasadena Star-News. Charles was also the owner of Pasadena Post and the Long Beach Press-Telegram. William F. Prisk, his brother, was a publisher.[2] William Paddock, Prisk's son-in-law, was the vice president and general manager of the Star-News, Pasadena-Post and the Press-Telegram.[2] Willam Paddock married Prisk's daughter Neva Prisk Malaby, then began working at the newspapers as a result. William Paddock, also known as Olympic Champion Charles "Charley" Paddock, ran the world record for the 100-yard dash in 1921 at 9.5 seconds, giving him the title "World's Fastest Human".[2] Editors in the historical Star-News Building included Ed Essertier, Charles Cherniss, Bill Winter, Larry Wilson, and Frank Girardot. Publishers after Bernard J. Ridder included Bill Applebee.

Ridder Newspapers bought the Star-News in 1956[4] and Bernard J. Ridder took over as publisher. Ridder merged with Knight to form Knight Ridder in 1974. The paper was sold off in 1989 to a company owned by William Dean Singleton;[5] the Thomson Corporation bought majority control of the paper a year later.[6] Thomson sold the Star-News to Singleton's MediaNews Group in 1996,[7] which went on to become part of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.[8]

The newspaper also publishes the Rose Magazine which provides coverage of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl Game since 1994.[9]

Coverage area for the Pasadena Star-News includes the cities of Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Temple City and Arcadia and the unincorporated communities of Altadena and East Pasadena.

The competing media sources for the Pasadena Star-News are Pasadena Now, Pasadena Weekly, Pasadena Independent and Pasadena Outlook in Pasadena; South Pasadena Review and South Pasadenan News in South Pasadena, San Marino Tribune in San Marino, Arcadia Weekly in Arcadia and the Colorado community news website.

Community news, events and opinion


Patt Diroll writes a weekly social events column with photos and a calendar listing on Mondays and editorial board member Larry Wilson writes a column on Pasadena history and current events on Wednesdays.[citation needed]

Previous owners





  1. ^ Hagen, Ryan. "What is Digital First Media and the Southern California News Group who just purchased the Orange County Register?". San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Pasadena Star-News Information and History". Pasadena Star News. 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  3. ^ "Charles Henry Prisk - AsNotedIn".
  4. ^ "Ridder Buys Both Papers in Pasadena". Los Angeles Times. March 26, 1956. p. 15. Retrieved June 2, 2023 – via Ridder Publications have bought both Pasadena daily newspapers, the Star-News and the Independent. The announcement was made Jointly yesterday by Ridder executives and by W.F. Prisk, publisher of the evening Star-News, and E.D. Bates and Fred Runyon, publisher and co-owner, respectively, of the morning Independent. The Star-News will continue in the evening field, Ridder officials said. The Independent will continue in the morning field. But the two will combine their Sunday editions.
  5. ^ White, George (April 20, 1989). "Singleton to Pay $55 Million for the Pasadena Star-News". Los Angeles Times. p. OC_C1. ProQuest 1149860130.
  6. ^ Hudson, Berkley (August 22, 1990). "Pasadena Star-News Sold to Unit of Canadian Chain". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ "San Gabriel Valley Papers Lay Off 31 People". Los Angeles Times. October 31, 1996.
  8. ^ Roberts, Gene; Kunkel, Thomas; Layton, Charles, eds. (2001). Leaving Readers Behind: The Age of Corporate Newspapering. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 1610752325.
  9. ^ "About us". Pasadena Star News. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  10. ^ a b "Pasadena Star-News Information and History". Pasadena Star News. 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2020-04-15.
  11. ^ "Pasadena Star News takes home four statewide journalism awards". Pasadena Star News. 2015-05-10. Retrieved 2020-04-15.
  12. ^ "Pasadena Star News". Retrieved 2020-04-15.