Thursday, September 22, 2005

John Gittelsohn Leaves OC Register Capitol Bureau

From today's Capitol Morning Report

Orange County Register reporter John Gittelsohn is leaving the paper’s Capitol bureau Friday for a desk in the Santa Ana newsroom. He came to Sacramento from Orange County last February expecting to be joined later by his wife, Debbie Belgum, a reporter/editor for a weekly paper that covers the California apparel industry. But she had second thoughts and decided not to follow. So back home he goes.

He says he enjoyed covering the “sausage factory” that is the Capitol, referring to the old adage about it being best not to see how laws and sausages are made. Gittelsohn says he’ll continue reporting on state politics through the special election, but he’s not sure of what’s next. “I’ll either be covering rich people or immigrants, the Orange County divide,” he says.

The Register isn’t likely to fill his slot in the Capitol bureau, he says, dropping it from a five person bureau to four. The four are Editor Holly Heyser, Bureau Chief Kimberly Kindy and Reporters Hanh Kim Quach and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

Say Goodbye to Gittelsohn at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Chops. Contact: Gittelsohn 916.449.6048