For five years, Josh Stewart (pictured) covered city, county and state issues for The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. Eric Hartley meanwhile was also once a metro columnist there, additionally reporting at separate times on cops and the courts. Now, both work for the Orange County Register.
Stewart is the paper’s new Tustin reporter, while Hartley is covering police and court matters for the recently expanded community section The Current, which blankets Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. From today’s announcements:
“I was attracted to the Register because it is the only print operation that’s growing both its coverage and staff and has the backing to do solid journalism,” Stewart said. “In a very simple way, it is a departure from the ‘do more with less’ double-speak that’s become the vernacular throughout the industry, and it’s a move [that will lead to] better papers for readers.”