HISTORY OF ARCADIA NEWS:
It was a husband and wife duo who first started providing neighborhood news to Arcadia residents under the moniker, Arcadia News. In May of 1993 the first 5,000 copies were pulled from the presses and distributed to local households. Even at a modest 16 pages, that first issue was tough to fill. A couple of paying advertisers along with the use of large fonts and double-spacing helped the cause, but certainly there was room for the Arcadia News to grow.
In late 1997, area resident Greg Bruns dropped into the Arcadia News office with some writing samples, looking for a job. While he was surprised to be brought on board as the new humor writer, Greg was more excited to hear that he would be paid $50 per month for his column, "Straight Up with a Twist." This was 100% more than he had earned before for any of his writing. Greg later joined the team at Arcadia News, helping with sales and design. At the end of 2001, the owners sold the paper to Greg and he took over the helm in January 2002. At the time, the paper was 60 pages per month, and was mostly black and white, with some splashes of spot color on a few advertisements.
In 2004, Greg and his wife Jennifer remodeled a building on the corner of 39th Street and Indian School Road, and after months of hard work, unveiled the new Arcadia News building. The office was then moved from its long-standing location at 48th Street & Thomas Road.
The Arcadia News has a long history of supporting the community, providing cash scholarships to Arcadia High School graduating seniors and internships for student-journalists and digital artists. The Arcadia News has also sponsored community events like the "Team Taylor Arcadia Family Fun Run," Arcadia Pride functions like the Picnic and Fun Run to benefit the area schools, including Arcadia High, Ingleside Middle School, Tavan and Hopi Elementary Schools, and the Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center. Additionally, the News has been a proud sponsor of A Mighty Voice, a nonprofit organization that promotes research, awareness, and support for families of all pediatric motor neuron diseases, including Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere. Since 2008, the News has been recognized by the Andrew Shapiro Foundation as one of the top community newspapers in the country for breast cancer support and coverage.
The paper has won over 100 design and editorial awards since entering their first competition in 2009. These awards are specific to the paper’s unique and original photography, design, stories and news. The awards have been bestowed from industry peers at the Arizona Press Club, Association of Free Community Publications, and International Free Paper Association.
The Arcadia News is family-owned and operated, for Arcadia residents, by Arcadia residents. Greg's mother, Shirley, is the official proofreader, and Greg's father, Bob, handles the distribution. The paper also employs local residents in positions like Bookkeeping, Sales, Graphic Design and Editorial.
Today, Greg and his wife Jennifer are raising their family in the neighborhood and can be found running after/with them at Arcadia Park, along the canal, or in their yard on Calle Redonda. The newspaper is now 68 pages with full color and offers many award-winning special sections throughout the year, like the Summer Camp Guide, Historic Arcadia specials and Arcadia Home & Design. In April 2017, the paper’s special 25th Anniversary Edition was published, which featured a historic account of the paper, the talented team behind it, and the community.
Going forward, the Arcadia News will continue to provide unique and relevant neighborhood news and stories. We are the good news newspaper, owned and operated by Arcadians, for the incredible community of Arcadia.