Vice President, Freedom Communications and the Orange County Register
Steve Churm is Vice President of Freedom Communications and the Orange County Register, one of the top five metropolitan newspapers in America. The century-old Register is also the longest publishing newspaper in Orange County and the largest with a Sunday circulation of nearly 300,000 copies. The Register is owned by Freedom Communications, headquartered in Santa Ana. The company’s print and online portfolio includes four major daily newspapers in four Southern California counties: The Orange County Register, Press-Enterprise, Long Beach Register and the Los Angeles Register. The company is also one of the largest glossy magazine publishers on the West Coast, including Coast, OCR METRO, OCR Family, OCR Magazine and Southland Golf magazines.
In December 2012, Churm sold his regional media company, Churm Media, to Freedom. Newport Beach-based Churm Media was one of the leading independent media companies in Southern California. At the time the company was sold, Churm Media’s total audience, print and online, was nearly 1 million users and readers per month. Churm also owned RipeOrange, a marketing, design and event management firm that is also part of the Register today.
A former journalist at four California newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register, Churm is a frequent speaker about media trends. He shares his knowledge and experience by providing expert advice and insight for business seminars and industry-related publications and websites. He has been recognized as an industry leader in business by local and national media, including FOLIO: Magazine.
Before launching Churm Media in 1990, Churm worked for four California newspapers as an award-winning reporter and editor, including six years at the Los Angeles Times, covering California politics and the environment. Churm currently serves on five nonprofit boards: The Orange County Business Council; The Center for Public Policy at Concordia University, Irvine; Orange County United Way; Global Grins; and Human Options — a nationally recognized organization raising awareness about domestic violence. Married with three adult children and living in Irvine, Churm studied journalism and geography at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.