El Hispano was established on October 19, 1976 in Reading, Pennsylvania by Aaron G. Lopez and his family. In March of 1984, with patience, endurance and an overwhelming response from the Hispanic community, the newspaper slowly started to expand. The Allentown/Bethlehem editions were started, and in November, the Lancaster edition began circulating. 1985 saw the birth of the Harrisburg edition.
The readership demand kept increasing, therefore, on September 27, 1987 the Philadelphia edition was introduced, and in 1992, the Camden, NJ edition began circulation and on January 1, 1996 the Trenton edition was born.
EL HISPANO had a humble beginning with a manual “mono-type” style. Today, a sophisticated computerized typesetting system is used for publication. The artwork has matured from it’s primitive beginning to today’s award-winning status. El Hispano has received awards and honors, in the areas of layout and editorial, from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the National Federation of Hispanic Owned Newspapers. El Hispano’s latest achievement was winning 2nd place for “Best Editorial” by the Hispanic Federation of Hispanic Owned Newspapers, a national organization in 1995.
On January 1, 1990, El Hispano changed its name from El Directorio Hispano. The change occurred primarily due to our readers’ suggestion of a shorter name which would also be easier to pronounce, especially for our non-Spanish speaking friends. But the direction and the purpose of El Hispano remained the same — to reach the Spanish -speaking and non-Spanish speaking communities — to provide them with news, editorials, entertainment and knowledge.
In November of 1990, El Hispano relocated it’s headquarters from Reading to the Philadelphia area. This move was made due to our expansion in staff and state-of-the-art equipment needed to keep up with the increase in circulation.
El Hispano’s philosophy is based on a responsible, objective and informative commitment to voicing the Hispanic point of view. El Hispano brings the Hispanic community and its friends ‘The News of Today with the Vision of Tomorrow.”