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The SENTINEL is the largest Subscriber paid African American owned newspaper on the West Coast with a readership of 150,000
The Los Angeles Sentinel is an African American owned and operated newspaper that puts emphasis on issues concerning the African American community and its readers. It’s a highly regarded paper that significantly influences the perceptions, attitudes and buying decisions of its 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.