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
Home: 717-741-9688
Email: jem@ydr.com

Blog: www.yorktownsquare.com
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 Gannett Co. Inc.’s Pennsylvania Group editor. Gannett Co. acquired the YDR in June 2015.

For about 2 1/2 years, I served 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 2012. 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 daily entries, or posts, on my York County journalism/history blog, York Town Square, 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 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 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
– 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.


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

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



4 Responses to About Jim McClure

  1. Sherri Dennis says:

    As a direct descendant of John and Billy Foust, I am so sad that the smokestack is coming down. That was the only thing I could relate to my Foust Heritage. I have taken pictures on several occassions, and now they will be the only thing left of this landmark for me. I hope that the current owners will be generous enough to allow a few bricks to go to John and Billy’s Grandaughter ( a few great’s go in front of that).
    I hope to be there when the smokestack is taken down.

  2. Pingback: Book Buzz | Jim McClure’s ‘East of Gettysburg’ now available as an e-book through Amazon

  3. tom wright says:

    related to Jean McClure – wife of Archibald McAllister – he died 1768?????
    in West Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, PA

    studied him for last 60 years!!!!

    • Jim McClure says:

      Tom, to my knowledge, none of my branch of the McClures lived – or live – in York County. We passed through to western Pennsylvania. Well, maybe we were all related in Scotland or northern Ireland./Jim

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