Glendale and Burbank residents will see expanded news coverage of their cities and the region this weekend with the debut of the Sunday News-Press & Leader.
The newspaper, combining the resources of the Glendale News-Press and the Burbank Leader, will be distributed to more than 31,000 Los Angeles Times subscribers in Burbank, Glendale and La Crescenta. It will also be available in local news racks.
Dan Evans, editor of the News-Press and the Leader, said the Sunday edition will feature more local news stories, photos and letters to the editor, and offer expanded sports, lifestyle and arts coverage, including a new crossword puzzle and other features.
The Sunday edition also will feature a column by former Daily News Editor Ron Kaye, who has covered the San Fernando Valley for more than 25 years.
"Ron's decades of work, not only in journalism but in the larger San Fernando Valley area, bring a high degree of credibility to his words," Evans said. "He's going to be writing about regional issues that affect both communities. That is a tricky job, but one I'm sure he'll be able to do well."
The Sunday edition expands coverage of Burbank from two days a week to three. The Glendale News-Press will retire its Monday edition and continue to deliver six days a week.
Evans said readers hungry for news on Monday and breaking news can log on to http://www.the818now.com, glendalenewspress.com and burbankleader.com.
The Burbank and Glendale papers and their respective websites are part of the Los Angeles Times Media Group's Times Community News Division, which focuses on local issues, readers, advertisers and subscribers.
"Expanding into Glendale and Burbank on Sunday was a natural extension of our current footprint on a day that advertisers and readers alike enjoy," said Scott Pompe, senior vice president of advertising and targeted media for the Los Angeles Times Media Group. "Our Times Community Newspaper group continues to enjoy financial success, allowing us to look at several opportunities to increase our community newspaper distribution area, while expanding our titles."
Evans said the Sunday News-Press & Leader will focus on issues that connect the cities where more than 300,000 people live, with city-based coverage continuing to appear in the weekday editions of the two papers.
Readers can get home delivery of the Sunday News-Press & Leader by subscribing to the Los Angeles Times. For more information, visit http://www.latimes.com/services/site/self-service.