Many Moons After First OC Register Byline, Jim McCurdie Returns to Paper’s Sports Section

One intriguing element of the Orange County Register‘s resurgence is that the Aaron Kushner era has compelled several former staffers to rejoin the fold. This was the case earlier this month with business reporter Bernard Wolfson and is true once again last week for Jim McCurdie (pictured).

A managing editor for and, previously, a sports reporter with the Long Beach Press-Telegram, McCurdie is now working the evening print and Web sports copy editor shift:

“I’m really excited to be joining the talented team here and returning to the place where I began my career in journalism at the age of 19,” McCurdie said. “It’s been a little surreal coming back, but you can feel the energy and excitement in this building. I look forward to being a part of that.”

McCurdie still has the clip from his first Register byline – a 10-paragraph story about a football game between Costa Mesa and Mayfair at Newport Harbor High. He was a part-time sports reporter and part-time newsroom copy clerk at the Register from 1978 to 1984.

Another familiar Register new-hire arc is the fact that McCurdie also once worked for cross-county rival the LA Times. In his case, after graduation from Long Beach University.