Courtesy / La Prensa
After years of staff and budget cuts, La Prensa de San Antonio is shutting down, according to a Monday Facebook post by publisher and owner Nina Duran. The bilingual, biweekly newspaper had been in operation for 29 years.
“I’ve enjoyed every step of this journey and knew this was a possibility when I returned as publisher in 2016,” stated Duran, whose father Florentino “Tino” Duran in 1989 resurrected the historic publication with his wife Amelia “Millie” Duran. “Ultimately I’m so happy I was able to provide jobs to people who I consider family for two more years. Looking back, I don’t regret a single thing.”
Tino Duran died in June 2017 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. When he retired in 2016, he handed the reigns to his daughter.
Tino and Millie established La Prensa Foundation in 1995 to provide students with financial assistance for college. Tino was posthumously honored with an award from the Westside Development Corporation in late May.
La Prensa had planned to close its print operations to focus on its digital product next month, but ultimately ceased operations altogether.
“I live at peace with this decision as I continue to grow [online talk show] Bean & Chisme and [marketing firm] HeartFire Media with my business partner Samantha Najera,” Duran stated. “Only great things are to come as we move forward.”