York Daily Record-Sunday News, YDR.com and its many digital products /
East Region Editor
Digital First Media/
1891 Loucks Road
York, PA 17408
Direct number: 717-771-2011
I have been editor of the York Daily Record/York Sunday News and associated digital products since May 2004. Before that, I was the managing editor of the York Daily Record for 15 years. In addition, I was named East Region Editor for the YDR’s parent Digital First Media, with oversight for 20+ daily newsrooms and 50 or more weeklies in 2012. In that capacity, I was a senior editor on DFM on-site teams that covered the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the Boston Marathon bombing.
I am the author or coauthor of seven books on York County history — “Never to be Forgotten, A Year-By-Year Look at York County’s Past,” “Nine Months in York Town, American Revolutionaries Labor on Pennsylvania’s Frontier,” “Almost Forgotten, A Glimpse at Black History in York County, Pa.,” “East of Gettysburg, A Gray Shadow Crosses York County, Pa.” and ” “In the Thick of the Fight, York County, Pa., Counters the Axis Threat in WWII.” I co-authored “Civil War Voices From York County” and “Echoing Still: More Civil War Voices from York County.” (*For sale at www.yorkheritage.org and www.barnesandnoble.com.)
I hold a master’s degree in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg, where my research focus was on York County journalism history.
I am past president of Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors and past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.
As chairman of the York County Heritage Trust’s Publications Committee, I help edit the Trust’s annual scholarly publication, “The Journal of York Heritage,” and other Trust publications. For example, Mary Hamilton’s “Rising From The Wilderness.”
I also served as general editor of the three-volume “250th Chronicles,” published in conjunction with the 250th anniversary of York County in 1999.
Professional awards: I received the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s Ben Franklin Award for Excellence in 2013 and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Foundation’s John Fisher Internet Vision Award in 2010. I headed two York Daily Record/Sunday News journalism/history teams that received PNA Foundation awards for coverage of race/civil rights issues in York County. For a list of honors received by the York Daily Record/Sunday News, see: Major awards.
Community awards: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award; AAUW Gateway to Equity Award; York County Heritage Trust’s Heritage Profile Award; Honorary Member, Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society; honoree at the 12th annual African/African American Love Feast and Recognition Dinner in 2006; and The Mission Home, Education and Counseling Services Inc. award for achievement, contributions to the community.
I present, at no charge, on history or journalism topics to community, education and journalistic groups. I have a heavy speaking schedule, so please schedule as far in advance as possible. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna Mandl at email@example.com.
– Famous faces in York Town when Continental Congress visited in 1777-78
– Civil War Voices in York County
– World War II: Its impact on York County
– Famous women in York County’s past
– The contributions York County’s black fighting men in American wars
– York County’s one-room schools explained
– William C. Goodridge and the Underground Railroad in York County
– The Murals of York County explored
– Basic tools for exploring York County history
– Presidential visits to York County
– Penn Park’s place in York City history
– Our past, Our present, Our future – Civil rights in York County
Q & A
For a short interview on the YDR Insider blog, visit: Staff Q&As: Meet Editor James McClure.