The Los Angeles Examiner was founded by William Randolph Hearst in 1903, in order to assist his campaign for the presidential nomination on the Democratic ticket, complement his San Francisco Examiner, and provide a union-friendly answer to the Los Angeles Times. At its peak in 1960, the Examiner had a circulation of 381,037. It attracted the top newspapermen and women of the day. The Examiner flourished in the 1940s under the leadership of City Editor James H. Richardson, who led his reporters to emphasize crime and Hollywood scandal coverage. The Examiner merged with the Los Angeles Herald-Express in 1962. The resulting Los Angeles Herald-Examiner ceased publication in 1989.