Founded in 1978 by an investment group that included actor Michael Douglas, L.A. Weekly offers hard-hitting investigative stories, spirited criticism and provocative cultural coverage in America's second-largest city. That combination has made us the nation’s mostly widely read alt-weekly, with well over 3 million active users visiting laweekly.com each month.
The Weekly is also an important journalistic force in Southern California. Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek broke the story of the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, a true-crime blockbuster that was later optioned into a Lifetime TV movie. Our writers have dominated the L.A. Press Club's Journalist of the Year award, winning three times in the last four years. Nationally, the Weekly has won more awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia than any other publication in the country. And in 2007 it became the first newspaper to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for restaurant criticism.
The Weekly also engages readers with some of the city’s best live events. In June, our Tacolandia event draws thousands of guests, who sample signature tacos from more than 100 of the world's best taquerias at El Pueblo de Los Angeles in downtown L.A. And in February, The Essentials brings L.A.'s top restaurants and their most popular dishes together under one roof at California Market Center.
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