About Jim McClure


Jim McClure
York Daily Record-Sunday News, YDR.com and its many digital products
1891 Loucks Road
York, PA 17408
Direct number: 717-771-2011
Cell: 717-880-2302
Email: jem@ydr.com

Blog: YorkTownSquare blog
On Twitter: @JamesMcClure
On Facebook
Also on Facebook: Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.


I have been editor of the York Daily Record/York Sunday News and associated digital products since May 2004. I also serve as regional editor for the Atlantic Group of Gannett’s USA TODAY Network. Gannett Co. acquired the YDR in June 2015.

Before June 2015, I also had served for 2 1/2 years as East Region Editor for the YDR’s former parent Digital First Media, with oversight for 20+ daily newsrooms and 50 or more weeklies. In that capacity, I was the 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.” With Scott Mingus, 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  write regular entries, or posts, on my York County journalism/history blog, YorkTownSquare, and I regularly contribute to our happenings-around-the-newsroom blog, YDR Insider.

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.

Public history

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.

I coordinate the Writer’s Roundtable, a quarterly meeting of researchers who write about the history of York County.

I annually present at Leadership York’s Leadership for Diverse Schools sessions and present twice-a-year on history and journalism topics at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.


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 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; The Mission Home, Education and Counseling Services Inc. award for achievement, contributions to the community and served on the York Daily Record History Blogging Team that won the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Initiative Award in 2015.


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 jem@ydr.com or Donna Mandl at dmandl@ydr.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
– 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
– Black history in York County, Pa.
– The Underground Railroad in York County.

Q & A

For a short interview on the YDR Insider blog, visit: Staff Q&As: Meet Editor James McClure.


Take Five: Jim McClure, journalist, historian, author and blogger

Reflecting on J.W. Gitt’s Gazette and Daily and journalism in York, Pa.