9.06.2008

The San Juan Star, Puerto Rico's Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language newspaper, has closed

The San Juan Star, Puerto Rico's Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language newspaper, has closed. Founded in 1959, The Star was the island's sole English-language daily.

The newspaper, which once employed Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy as its managing editor, had 120 employees.

The Star had been losing money for years, but the situation worsened with a recession in Puerto Rico and the broader decline in newspaper readership and advertising.

The Star was the setting for The Rum Diary, a novel by Hunter S. Thompson. The film version starring Johnny Depp is to be released in 2009.