Interview: Jim McClure
Date of Interview: July 30, 2020
Place of Interview: York, Pennsylvania
Interviewer: Ford Risley
Jim McClure was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and grew up in Brandenburg, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. He worked as a reporter at the Somerset Daily American and the Lewistown Sentinel, where he became the editor. He also was publisher of two newspapers in California owned by the Buckner News Alliance. He moved back to Pennsylvania as managing editor of the York Daily Record and later became editor. He became regional editor when the Daily Record was sold, in succession, to the Media News Group, Digital Media Group, and Gannett. He retired in 2019.
Jim McClure speaks about his first jobs as a reporter, editor, and publisher; about becoming managing editor of the York Daily Record; about the Joint Operating Agreement with the York Dispatch and competing against the Dispatch; about adapting to new technological platforms, including the Internet; about important stories the newspaper reported; about ownership changes at the Daily Record; about becoming regional editor as a result of the new ownership; and about how his Christian faith has informed his work.