Orange County Register Promotes Sports Vet to Top Editor Slot

Todd Harmonson has been with the paper since 1998.

ToddHarmonsonPicMost recently the Orange County Register’s assistant managing editor of Sports, Todd Harmonson (pictured) has a new and impressive mandate at the Southern California daily, recently purchased out of bankruptcy by Digital First Media. He is taking over for managing editor Donna Wares, who is leaving the paper today to join an online travel startup.

From the announcement:

Harmonson has been named senior editor of the Register. In this role, he is responsible for the Register’s news gathering across all platforms including websites, mobile, apps, daily and community newspapers, and monthly magazines Coast, OC Family and Southland Golf.

Harmonson also joins the senior editorial management team within Southern California News Group (SCNG), where he will collaborate with other top editors to develop strategy and coordinate coverage of regional interest.

In a related move, Tom Moore is assuming the role of SCNG sports editor, moving over from the position of executive sports editor for the Los Angeles News Group (LANG). During the course of his career, Moore worked for a number of years in Seattle, covering the University of Washington football beat, the Seattle Mariners and professional golf.

There are 11 daily newspapers and associated websites in the Southern California News Group, encompassing a weekly total of some 8 million readers. In an interesting bit of coincidental timing, Harmonson joined the Register 18 years ago when the area was trying to bring the NFL back, and now ascends to a top position as the Rams prepare to make that return a reality.