The Times' 128-year history
Criticism Dan Neil for his one-of-a-kind reviews of automobiles, blending technical expertise with offbeat humor and astute cultural observations.
Editorial Writing William Stall for his incisive editorials that analyzed California's troubled state government, prescribed remedies and served as a model for addressing complex state issues.
Feature Photography Carolyn Cole for her cohesive, behind-the-scenes look at the effects of civil war in Liberia, with special attention to innocent citizens caught in the conflict.
May 2004 Latimes.com wins Editor & Publisher magazine's EPpy award for Best Internet Community Service for "Faces of the Recall," a photo series featuring some of the lesser-known gubernatorial candidates in California's recall campaign.
May 2004 The Times' Summer Camp Campaign marks its 50th anniversary. The program has raised $28 million to help 380,000 disadvantaged youth enjoy a week at camp.
May 2004 For the fourth time in a row, The Times is admitted to the International Newspaper Color Quality Club.
Sept. 4, 2004 The Orange County printing facility brings online its first repositioned color tower. The addition is part of The Times' $46 million Advertising Color Expansion project, which will significantly expand the newspaper's color printing capabilities and increase color advertising revenue.
Oct. 1, 2004 The Times begins inserting the newly re-launched LIFE magazine in its Friday editions.
Oct. 4, 2004 The San Fernando Valley printing plant celebrates its 20th anniversary. The facility also sets an industry production milestone with the first successful implementation of stacked color printing units.
October 2004 The 2004 Summer Camp Campaign sets a new fundraising record of $1.39 million.
October 2004 METPRO, the Minority Editorial Training Program established by The Times, celebrates its 20th anniversary. More than 200 journalists have graduated from the program.
Nov. 7, 2004 The first four new MAN Roland color printing press towers go online as the Advertising Color Expansion project remains on track for early 2005 completion.
Nov. 16, 2004 A state-of-the-art marketing data warehouse, developed by a Times-Chicago Tribune team, goes into operation. The database will help Times marketers target readers and prospective subscribers more precisely, help model customer behavior more accurately, and increase the effectiveness of the newspaper's marketing campaigns.
Feb. 9, 2005 Campus Times, a free weekly tabloid focusing on news, sports and entertainment for Southern California high school students, ceases publication. High school sports news, game scores and highlights remain available online at latimes.com.
Feb. 17, 2005 The Times, along with four Southern California and one Nevada newspaper, launch "Value Network," a total-market preprint program offering advertisers a unique new vehicle for cost-effectively reaching almost 7 million households every week in the newspapers' combined distribution area. Other participating newspapers are: Las Vegas Review-Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.), The San Diego Union-Tribune and Ventura County Star ( Ventura, Calif.).
Feb. 24, 2005 With the completion of a $46 million color press expansion project, The Times now offers advertisers more color advertising positions than any newspaper in Southern California. The installation of 10 new color towers and the conversion of five existing color towers at the newspaper's three Southern California printing facilities increases color printing capacity by 33 percent to 64 color pages daily.
April 4, 2005 The Times wins its fifth Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for "its courageous, exhaustively researched series exposing deadly medical problems and racial injustice" at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. Moscow Bureau Chief Kim Murphy wins a Pulitzer Prize (international reporting) for her "eloquent, wide ranging coverage of Russia's struggle to cope with terrorism, improve the economy and make democracy work" The Times has won a total of 37 Pulitzer Prizes.
May 10, 2005 The Times launches the first stage of a yearlong initiative to redesign its website, latimes.com. The redesign will improve and expand the newspaper's Internet offerings, with a special emphasis on utility for Southern Californians, and reintroduces free access to calendarlive.com, the website's award-winning entertainment section.
July 8, 2005 The Editorial & Opinion Pages introduces "Current," a fundamental redesign of the traditional Sunday Opinion section offering readers an energetic mix of thought-provoking essays, columns and bold graphic journalism. It is part of The Times' effort to redefine opinion journalism, both in print and on the Web, and to more actively engage readers in discussions of current issues and events.
Oct. 17, 2005 Bloomberg News® and The Times announce they will jointly conduct national public opinion polls about government and politics, economics and finance, international affairs and social and cultural issues. The surveys will be conceived and designed jointly by Bloomberg News and The Times, which will conduct the surveys, which begin January 2006.
Nov. 1, 2005 The Times launches TheEnvelope.com, the entertainment industry's most comprehensive, year-round awards show website. Providing essential, up-to-the-minute insider coverage, The Envelope features breaking news and analysis of all things awards: business, fashion, celebrities, predictions, trends and pre- and post-show coverage.
Feb. 5, 2006 The Times launches West, a new Sunday magazine offering readers an eclectic, insightful and entertaining view of the many faces of California. It replaces the weekly Los Angeles Times Magazine, and resurrects the title used by The Times for its Sunday magazine from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s. The Times is one of the few U.S. newspapers continuing to publish a unique Sunday color magazine.
Feb. 23, 2006 In the most ambitious print-Web undertaking of its kind by a major U.S. newspaper, The Times publishes a full-color, 20-page Academy Awards® preview combining the best entertainment reporting from The Times' Calendar and Business sections with sharp-edged awards coverage from TheEnvelope.com.
March 23, 2006 The Times becomes the title presenter of the Los Angeles Film Festival, which will be held June 22-July 2 in Westwood Village. The Times will be responsible for branding the event and all festival creative design, in addition to publishing a special June 18 festival program guide.
March 29, 2006 The Times publishes a 30-page features section chronicling 125 years of Southern California sports history. It is the first in a series of eight special features or themed sections marking The Times' 125th anniversary covering Southern California.
April 17, 2006 The Times, ADVO, Inc. and MediaNews Group's LANG newspapers enter into a joint preprint insert distribution arrangement including both "late week" and "early week" programs, each targeting five million households in Southern California. The programs will be sold independently by each organization.
April 28, 2006 In a first-of-its-kind innovation created by The Times and Paramount Pictures, the newspaper activates 4,500 "singing" newsracks throughout Los Angeles as part of a comprehensive print, online and point-of-purchase campaign supporting the May 5 opening of "Mission: Impossible III." Equipped with electronic sound boxes, the racks play the famous "Mission: Impossible" theme song when opened.