On August 14, 1908, Asbarez newspaper rolled off the presses for the first time in Fresno.
"The Armenian community in Fresno and surrounding areas is growing. The influx of Armenia’s in the last six to seven years, whether from the Eastern US or all over Armenia to California has placed Fresno in a unique place," and thus began an editorial explaining the birth of Asbarez.
For 99 years, this newspaper–under the leadership of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation–has been meeting the deman’s and the needs of the ever-changing, ever-growing Armenian-American community in the Western US and through the country. This newspaper has also shaped the community throughout its many struggles and growing pains and through some of history’s most important events as it related to the Armenian reality.
Not many media outlets have covered World War I, the Genocide, the Independence, the earthquake, the Karabakh Movement’s struggle and victory, independence and the collective efforts of the Armenian-American community in pursuing Hai Tahd.
In the upcoming year, our readers will get a glimpse back to this community’s rich history through the equally rich pages of this newspaper. Asbarez, along with its television channel Horizon and its web platform Asbarez online will the merge the past with the present as we look toward the celebration of our centennial.
Until then, we remain–humbly–your community newspaper.