The Aurora Sentinel is the weekly newspaper serving the city of Aurora, Colorado, USA. It is printed each Thursday and online seven days a week. Aurora’s local news leader, The Aurora Sentinel focuses on the issues, events and people in Greater Aurora.

Only one newspaper can call itself the beacon for Colorado’s third-largest city: The Aurora Sentinel. For more than 100 years, the Aurora Sentinel has been telling the stories of a town that grew from a sleepy rural village into an economic, cultural and political powerhouse now home to 335,000 people. Each Thursday in print and daily online the Aurora Sentinel offers readers breaking news, features and in-depth analyses from our own back yard, next door, across the country and from around the globe. In addition, the Aurora Sentinel Home Edition is the legal newspaper in Aurora and in Adams and Arapahoe counties, providing a legal record of area governments, courts and legal filings.

The Aurora Sentinel editorial team is one of the most respected and honored in the state, honored each year as a news leader for stories, editorials and columns about the people and issues that matter most in the greater Aurora area.

As a reader and an advertiser, influence and credibility matter. The Aurora Sentinel has been banking on its position as Aurora’s news trusted source for generations, bringing the community news about the community, schools, business, entertainment, prep sports, health, government, people and so much more. Each week, the Sentinel reaches tens of thousands of readers who see the paper on newsstands or get home and business delivery.

The Aurora Sentinel is published by Aurora Media Group, which also publishes the Buckley Guardian serving the area's military community and Aurora a monthly city magazine showcasing the community.


In February 2011, the Aurora Sentinel and the Buckley Guardian were purchased by the Aurora Media Group from the Aurora Publishing Company. In May 2011, the Aurora Sentinel changed from a daily to a weekly publication.

In 1971, the Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company acquired a group of suburban publications in the Denver area, including the Aurora Star-Sentinel, the successor to an earlier newspaper serving the Aurora community, The Aurora Democrats and News.

Published on Wednesdays and delivered by newsboys, The Sentinel also had a Friday companion newspaper for some time called the Aurora Sentinel Weekender.

In 1991, the Cowles Media Company (formerly Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company) broke up and sold off the Denver suburban chain. Local ownership and control of the Sentinel was established via a partnership including publisher Karen Sowell Johnson and president H. Harrison Cochran.

In 1997, a free, rack-distributed publication – The Aurora Sun-Sentinel – was introduced to supplement the paid-subscription Sentinel.

In April 2004, Aurora Publishing Co. introduced The Aurora Daily Sun, a five-day-a-week, tabloid-size publication freely distributed in the city. In June 2007, the Daily Sun adopted the Sentinel brand. In February 2011, Aurora Media Group bought the papers.