The Orange County Register,"The Register", is a print and online daily published in Irvine, California. It covers news from the Orange County region, along with national, sports and entertainment.
The Register won Pultizer prizes for breaking news photography and investigative reporting, in 1985 and 1996, respectively.
in 1905, two printers from San Deigo, Frank Ormer and Fred Unholz, started the paper as the Santa Ana Daily Register. In 1935, Raymond C. Hoiles purchased and ran the paper. The Hoiles family owned and operated the newspaper for many decades. In 1952, the family founded Freedom Newspapers, Inc., a media company that expanded to own several newspapers, including The Register.
In the 2010s, a group led by Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz purchased the Orange County Register and its associated properties from Freedom Communications, a subsidiary of Freedom Newspapers, Inc. They aimed to revitalize the newspaper by expanding its staff and print operations. However, their tenure faced financial challenges, and the newspaper went through a bankruptcy proceeding in 2015.
Following the bankruptcy, Digital First Media, a media company, acquired the assets of The Register, including the newspaper and its related publications, in a bankruptcy auction.
As of 2016, Digital First Media (DFM) rebranded its newspaper holdings in the Southern California region as the Southern California News Group (SCNG). The SCNG continues to publish the Orange County Register and its affiliated publications, serving the Orange County community.
The Register follows a subscription based business model, with offers starting at $3.
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