OC Register Loses Star Reporter

These days it's rare to hear about a reporter leaving the newspaper where he or she has worked for more than a decade that isn't totally depressing. Which is it, this time, you might ask? Layoff? Buyout? Nope: John Gittelsohn, a business writer at the Register who has covered Southern California's real estate crisis better than anyone else, is quitting the OC Register to take a job in New York City with Bloomberg News.

A Register memo from yesterday broke the news to Gittelsohn's colleagues. It follows in its entirety:


John Gittelsohn -- the business reporter who knows where all of Orange County's most elite skeletons are hidden -- is leaving us  to work at Bloomberg News in New York City where he will be reporting on national real estate topics.

John  came to the Register from the Sun Sentinel in Florida to cover K-12 education. He later reported OC's Asian communities, traveling to Vietnam and China on reporting trips, state government, including covering Arnold for two years in our Sacramento bureau, and, most recently, reporting on Orange County's rich and infamous, such as indicted Broadcom billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III. He met his future wife, Debbie Belgum, when she was
working at the Register and (these are John's words)  "He made many other friends here, whom he will miss -- along with Southern California's ideal weather."

His last day will be June 26.

Please call him if you come to New York, but don't expect to camp out on his couch.

On a personal note John's departure will leave a huge hole on the Business team's very deep bench and we will miss him -- and his booming laugh --very much.

Julie Gallego
OC Register
Money Team Leader

Best of luck, John!


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