Founded in 1975

Board of Directors
Fanis Economidis, President
John Gumas, Vice President
Ted Laliotis, Secretary
Anthony T. Saris, CPA, Treasurer
Kenneth Frangadakis, D.D.S.
George M. Marcus
Steve Padis
Gary M. Vrionis

Managing Editor
Frosene Phillips

Advisory Editorial Board
Rev. John Bakas, Dean, St. Sophia Cathedral
Robert Bruce, Community Newspapers, Editor Emeritus
George Korkos, M.D.
Markos Kounalakis, Journalist
Virginia Lagiss, Educator
Mort Levine, Community Newspapers, Publisher
Professor Pan Yotopoulos

The Hellenic Journal Founder and Publisher,
the late Frank Agnost

Athens Correspondents
Greg Mazarakis
Alekos Rigas

U.S. Correspondents
Theodora Dracopoulos Argue
Mavis Manus

Special Correspondents
Clifford T. Argue
Giuliana Harris
Athan Bezaitis
Virginia Lagiss
Willard Manus
Terry Phillips

Graphic Designer
Stephanie Kinsey

Greek News
Athens News Agency

Direct: 925.939.3900
USA Toll Free: 877.939.3988

Administrative Director
Joanna Phillips

Photography Correspondent
George Retelas

Frank P Agnost

Frank Peter Agnost

Hellenic Journal Founder

“As the Founding Publisher of the Hellenic Journal he stood tall to any force attempting to silence his genius and love for Hellenism.”

Fanis Economidis
President, HJ Board of Directors

Our Story

In April 1975, following the invasion of Cyprus, Frank P. Agnost founded The Hellenic Journal, the only newspaper west of the Mississippi published on a regular basis and dedicated to the coverage of news from Greece as well as the American Greek communities throughout the country. The newspaper was published twice monthly and it was a family affair. Throughout the life of The Hellenic Journal his daughter Adrienne was involved in all aspects of publishing the paper along with her husband, Nick Verreos.

In 2001, Mr. Agnost retired and passed the torch to the present HJ staff and Board of Directors who updated the paper to its current format, adding color, cover features and changing its distribution to once a month. The vision was to continue the rich tradition established by Frank P. Agnost of keeping the Greek American community connected and offering a unique voice. The new format offered a longer shelf life, new features and columnists. The response from readers was tremendous! Since that time, the HJ has continued to keep the community connected by offering its publications to the churches in the west as well as at special events and Greek stores.

The HJ’s expansion to the web offers the opportunity to reach an even greater audience by becoming a reliable source to the community for all things Greek. While the print version will still provide a trusted value to the HJ readers and its advertisers each month, the addition of an online presence merges the past and present with the future.

The Hellenic Journal is published monthly for $35 in CA ($32.18 outside CA) per year by the Western Hellenic Journal, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation.