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The South Florida Sun Sentinel, owned by the Tribune Company, is the main daily newspaper of Fort Lauderdale, Floridamarker, U.S.marker, and all of Broward Countymarker, but circulates throughout all of South Floridamarker. Its main competitor in this area is The Miami Herald, out of neighboring Miami-Dade Countymarker to the south.

For many years, it exclusively targeted Broward County. However, it expanded its coverage to all of south Florida (including the Miami-Dade and Palm Beachmarker areas) in the late 1990s. In the latter area The Palm Beach Post is the main rival of the Sun-Sentinel.

The Sun Sentinel publishes various websites including,, and The Sun Sentinel is the result of a newspaper merger from the 1950s, combining the Pompano Beach Sun with the Fort Lauderdale Sentinel to form the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. It merged with the Fort Lauderdale News in 1982, and for a time was known as the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel. The paper changed its name to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in the 1990s.

The Sun Sentinel emphasizes providing local news, through its Community News and Local sections. It has a daily circulation of 226,591 and a Sunday circulation of 319,103. Although the paper has not won a Pulitzer Prize, it has been a "nominated finalist" numerous times, including its 2006 coverage of Hurricane Wilma and an investigation into the Federal Emergency Management Agency's mismanagement of hurricane aid. (The latter investigation was featured in the PBS documentary series Exposé: America's Investigative Reports in an episode entitled "Crisis Mismanagement.") It also produced a significant contribution to information graphics in the form of News Illustrated, a weekly full-page graphic that has received more that 30 international awards.

In 2001, the Sun Sentinel opened its first full-time foreign bureau in Havana, Cubamarker. Shared with the Tribune Co., their Havana newsroom is the only permanent presence of any South Florida newspaper.

In 2002, the Sun Sentinel began publishing a Spanish weekly newspaper, El Sentinel. The newspaper is distributed free on Saturdays to Hispanic households in Broward and Palm Beach counties and is also available in racks in both counties. It is also available online at In 2004, the paper won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for its coverage of health and human services in the state.

On August 17, 2008, the Sun Sentinel unveiled a redesigned layout, with larger graphics, more color, and a new large "S" logo. This is in tune with another Tribune newspaper (Orlando Sentinel), which redesigned its newspaper a few months previously, and created a brand synergy with Tribune sister operation and CW affiliate WSFL-TVmarker (Channel 39), which relocated its operations to the Sun Sentinel offices in 2008 and adopted a logo matching the capital "S" in the new logo.

Sun Sentinel's website has news video from two South Florida television stations: West Palm Beach's NBC affiliate WPTVmarker and WSFL-TVmarker, the Miami and Fort Lauderdale CW affiliate.



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