One of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cities has a new voice starting Wednesday: the Los Angeles Register. The new daily newspaper launches as a locally focused, community-building newspaper serving Los Angeles County.

Single copies of Los Angeles Register are now available at more than 5,500 retail and news rack locations across Los Angeles, including major grocery and convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and AM/PM, for $1.50 daily and $2 for Saturday and Sunday editions.

Los Angeles Register owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz are hand-delivering copies of the newspaper on Wednesday to business and civic leaders across Los Angeles. Other staff will be sampling the newspaper on Wednesday and in the coming weeks at local landmarks, subway stations and other high traffic locations in preparation for home delivery service, which begins in early May.

Founding subscriptions to the Los Angeles Register are being accepted now at losangelesregister.com, and start at less than a $1 a day – $19.99 for four weeks. Daily subscriptions include full digital access and membership into Register Connect, which provides free benefits and experiences. Included are free four-packs of professional baseball, ice hockey and soccer tickets, amusement park and concert tickets, aquarium passes, meet-and-greet opportunities with celebrities, and many other benefits.

"Los Angeles Register is a locally focused and community-building newspaper, meaning it will focus on creating meaningful local connections through news coverage and business programs that enrich each of our lives and help our community thrive. We are excited to serve our new subscribers, advertisers and community as a whole,” said Aaron Kushner, co-owner of Freedom Communications and Publisher of the Los Angeles Register.

The Opinion pages bring a fresh alternative and very different political perspective to Los Angeles that focuses on free markets and individual liberties – the freedom to live your life, grow your business and inspire constructive change in your community. Opinion page columnists will bring a right-of-center perspective and engage in civil debate.   Opinion Editor Brian Calle will invite other strong voices to contribute opinions as diverse as the citizens and neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Register brings a roster of some of the top journalists in Southern California to your doorstep every day, including popular columnist Bill Johnson and acclaimed Los Angeles writers such as David Ferrell and Susan Carpenter. T.J. Simers and Mark Whicker are also among the nationally acclaimed sports journalists on staff. The Los Angeles Register will include 50-60 pages during the week and 80-90 on Sunday, which include sections:

•News: This front section covers major news of the day, focusing on Los Angeles and the stories that matter most to our community. It also includes two pages of the Register's hallmark Opinion section each day, and four on Sundays. It will also include a unique LA Varsity Arts section beginning in May to recognize our rising high school stars and bring their joy to the community.  

•Local: News and features from Los Angeles, Long Beach and surrounding communities around the county. Regular features include “My Town,” a look at neighborhoods through the eyes of notable residents, as well as daily leadership profiles from around L.A.

•Business: Business includes in-depth reporting focused on Los Angeles including on the economy, small business, technology, medicine, retail and tourism. The section includes the L.A. Biz Beat column, a full page dedicated to news about Los Angeles business movers and shakers.

•Sports: Nationally recognized complete coverage including the Dodgers, Angels, Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Ducks, along with UCLA, USC, and colleges from throughout L.A.  It also includes the Register's trademark LA Varsity coverage-- prep sports coverage including stories, photos, team rankings and leaders to recognize our rising youth stars.

•Life: Throughout the week, the Los Angeles Register provides engaging lifestyle and entertainment news in the following sections:

-Monday: Show -- News from live concerts and entertainment venues.
-Tuesday: TV/Show -- Award-winning TV coverage, including what to watch and what to skip, with behind-the-scenes stories from your favorite TV programs.
-Wednesday: Food – News and reviews from local restaurants and the LA food scene from the Register's award winning staff, plus recipes and more.
-Thursday: Go + Do – What to get off the couch and enjoy in L.A..
-Friday: Movies. What you’ll see this weekend and talk about on Monday.
-Saturday: Show/Arts: L.A. and regional theater and arts happenings.
-Sunday: Arts. News from Southern California’s world-class art museums and galleries.

Los Angeles Register will also include a weekly Wheels section focusing on the coolest rides, events, news and people connected to the vibrant car culture in Los Angeles on Fridays, and a Real Estate section covering essential trends and newsmakers on Sundays.  

Based in downtown Los Angeles with bureaus in Pasadena, Hermosa Beach and San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Register’s award-winning staff includes:

T.J. Simers: During his nearly 23-year tenure in Los Angeles, Simers extensively interviewed and wrote columns on local sports legends such as John Wooden, Kobe Bryant and Vin Scully. The former California Sportswriter of the Year (2000) returns, in his words, “ready to drive Mike D'Antoni to the airport.”

Brad A. Johnson: Brad is the first writer in America to win both the James Beard Award and the Cordon Bleu World Food Media Award for restaurant criticism. He will be dining in and around L.A.

Michael Sragow: A nationally known film critic, Michael has written for Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, the Los Angles Herald Examiner and the Orange County Register.  Los Angeles film buffs will now regularly get his reviews of the latest movies.

Barry Koltnow: For more than three decades, Barry has been a fixture in Hollywood, interviewing actors, directors and other filmmakers, and writing a syndicated column called Adventures in Barrywood that will change the way you look at movies.

David Ferrell: A member of two Pulitzer Prize winning teams for coverage of Los Angeles riots and the Northridge Earthquake, David returns to LA, where he spent 21 years reporting. During his career he’s walked arm-in-arm with Zsa Zsa Gabor, slept overnight in a homeless shelter and bar-hopped from one end of L.A. to the other. David returns to L.A. to cover business and news in his distinctive narrative style.

Susan Carpenter: A long-time Los Angeles resident, Susan has written about such diverse topics as trying out for the Lakers and working on a chain gang. She’s an award-winning automotive writer who often is the first to drive the coolest cars along the freeways of Southern California. She will be covering cars and environmental issues for the Los Angeles Register.

Bill Johnson: Bill has been a popular columnist for more than 20 years at the Orange County Register, the Denver Post and at the Rocky Mountain News. A native of Los Angeles, he will tell stories for the Register from his hometown perspective.

Michael Hewitt: The Register’s TV critic watches dozens of hours of prime-time programming each week so that you don’t have to. His humorous reviews advise readers on which shows to watch, and which to skip. He gets inside the trends shaping what you see on TV today and tracks the small screen’s past.

Nancy Luna: A familiar name on the Southern California food scene, Nancy is the “Fast Food Maven” and covered restaurant news across the region.  She’ll help keep Los Angelinos up to date on the latest openings and food happenings.

Cathy Thomas: The author of three cookbooks, Cathy is the Register’s award-winning food columnist. She pioneered the use of culinary-based flash videos on the Web. She conducts international and domestic culinary tours on a regular basis, seeking new ingredients, techniques and ideas as she explores world cuisine. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California. She has studied with chefs and at cooking schools around the world, including La Varenne in Paris and the Cordon Bleu in London.

Ed Crisostomo: The Los Angeles Register’s chief photographer has won numerous national and regional photography awards from the National Press Photographer Association, Society of New Design and Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles. Ed’s work ranges from coverage of the Bear Fire in San Bernardino to the subject of immigration. His work is on display at the Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport in Guam.

Amy Wilson has covered stories from the tracks of the Kentucky Derby to the last days and hours of an Orange County girl before she stepped on board one of the United jets that flew into the World Trade Center. She brings her experience in finding the human element of each story into covering non-profits for the L.A. Register.J

Jonathan Lansner, a four-time “Best in Business” award winner for the Society of Business Editors will write about Southern California real estate trends, a beat he’s covered since 1986.

Jennifer Wang brings experience from covering innovators from the Orange County Register and Entrepreneur to write about the Los Angeles business community.

Antonie Bossenkool has written about Costa Mesa for the Orange County Register, city government for the Bakersfield Californian, Wall Street for Dow Jones, along with defense and the aerospace industries for Army Times Publishing Co. She will now be following stories of entrepreneurs and small businesses across Los Angeles.

Ben Wener: The Register’s pop music critic has reviewed virtually every significant show to take place in Southern California over the past two decades. He writes with expertise and insight about any musical style, from hard rock to hip-hop, from synth-pop to psychobilly. Whether the artist is Springsteen, Streisand, Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus, he holds performers to the standard of whether they brought their A-game that night.

Richard Chang specializes in visual art, but also covers general arts and entertainment subjects, such as movies, TV, arts organizations and film festivals. He also contributes to ARTnews magazine, teaches an arts and entertainment journalism workshop at UCLA, and has served as a board member and officer of the Asian American Journalists Association, Los Angeles chapter.

Jeff Miller and Mark Whicker cover sports from inside the locker rooms and what’s really happening on the courts and fields of L.A. as Register sports columnists. Whicker has been recognized as one of the top 10 sports columnists in the country, and Miller consistently brings his unique insights and humor to the sports section.

Bill Plunkett covers the Los Angeles Dodgers beat. Plunkett, a 31-year journalism veteran, has covered everything from rodeo and golf to boxing and the NFL. He has covered Major League Baseball on and off since 1989, and specifically the Angels' and Dodgers’ triumphs and travails through the years.

Jeff Fletcher covers the Los Angeles Angels baseball team in Anaheim. Fletcher has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors for his feature writing and game coverage. His previous experience includes serving as national baseball writer for AOL FanHouse, beat writer for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and five years at the Los Angeles Times' San Fernando Valley bureau.

Bill Oram, beat writer for the Los Angeles Lakers, has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and Associated Press Sports Editors for excellence in feature writing and general sports reporting. Prior to his current role, Oram covered the Utah Jazz for the Salt Lake Tribune, and started his career at the Washington Post, the Oregonian, and Austin American-Statesman.

Daniel Woike serves as beat writer for the Los Angeles Clippers, and will closely follow the team as they prepare for a playoff run, His previous experience in covering Los Angeles sports includes serving as a football and basketball writer for USCFootball.com.

Rich Hammond follows the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and USC sports. He has covered Southern California sports franchises for nearly 20 years, including stints as sports writer and deputy sports editor at Los Angeles Daily News, beat writer at LAKings.com, and staff writer at Daily Breeze.

Ryan Kartje writes about UCLA Athletics. Prior to the joining the Register in 2012, Kartje covered Milwaukee sports teams – the Brewers, the Bucks and Marquette – for foxsportswisconsin.com. Before that, he covered another college sports institution – Indiana basketball – as a columnist at the Herald-Times in Bloomington, Ind., and was honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors for excellence in column writing.

Scott M. Reid and Michael Lev will write about the NFL, including the games on the field and the efforts to bring a team back to the Los Angeles area. Reid has finished in the top 10 in investigative reporting among national newspapers by the Associated Press Sports Editors 10 times, which is believed to be a record.

Lev started covering the NFL for six years at Pro Football Weekly before joining the Register in 2000. He has closely followed the NFL ever since, with a four-year stint covering USC from 2008 to 2012. Pro Football Writers' Association has honored Lev twice in the past five years for excellence in column writing.

Los Angeles Register is part of a larger expansion of newspapers into Los Angeles County by Freedom Communications, which includes more than a dozen new community editions. Freedom has expanded its community newspapers under the Easy Reader masthead in recent weeks. It now operates a weekly publication serving Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach communities, two expanded monthly editions that serve Palos Verdes and El Segundo, and three new standalone Easy Reader monthly newspapers serving the following communities: Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey and Playa Vista; Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and Venice; and Torrance and Carson.

About Freedom Communications, Inc.
Freedom Communications, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., is a privately-owned company that publishes three daily newspapers - Long Beach Register in Long Beach, Calif., The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. and the Orange County Register, and Los Angeles Register. Freedom also publishes more than 25 community newspapers that serve specific cities, audiences and geographic areas, including Spanish-language Unidos en el Sur de California, the Desert Enterprise in Coachella Valley, and the Easy Reader publications along the coast of Los Angeles. Freedom publishes highly designed glossy magazines and operates a custom publishing unit. The company's portfolio also includes news and entertainment websites and mobile applications. For more information, visit freedom.com or contact Eric Morgan at emorgan@freedom.com

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