San Antonio's La Prensa to End Operations

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La Prensa, San Antonio's bilingual newspaper for more than a century, and a strong voice for the immigrant community for decades, is closing both its on line and newsprint operations, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Nina Duran, who became publisher of La Prensa following the retirement of her father, community activist and philanthropist Tino Duran, who died two years ago, says she always knew when she took over that the newspapers's future was murky.

"After serving the community for 29 years, La Prensa de San Antonio Newspaper has closed its print and digital doors," Duran wrote in a post on social media.  "I’ve enjoyed every step of this journey and knew this was a possibility when I returned as publisher in 2016. 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."

Earlier this year, Duran laid off some staff members and moved La Prensa to a digital only publication.

La Prensa dates back to 1913, in the first wave of Mexican migration to Texas during the Mexican Revolution.  Duran took over the paper in 1989 to make it a 'positive voice for the Hispanic community.

The late 1200 WOAI legend Henry Guerra, who was a friend and associate of Tino Duran, used to talk about the large number of Mexican immigrants who learned English and became truly acclamated Texans by reading La Prensa

According to the La Prensa web site, it has 13 employees.

Duran says she will continue her marketing firm, Heart Fire Media.

It's been a tough few weeks for print journalism in San Antonio.  Just last month, the San Antonio Express-News announced the layoff of more than a dozen staffers, including many who had been with the newspaper for several decades.

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