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Gersh exits Brooklyn Paper to run CUNY-NYTimes ‘Local’

Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman may not be joining the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism staff with the rank of full professor, but in my mind he’ll always be THE professor of journalism.

Gersh Kuntzman and his co-conspirator Vince DiMiceli

Gersh Kuntzman (right) and co-conspirator Vince DiMiceli cheer as The Brooklyn Paper wins yet another journalism award. Like all the others, this one — the highest honor presented by Independent Free Papers of America — would be heavily hyped.

Kuntzman’s leaving The Paper next week after a seven year run. He came over from the NY Post — where he wrote the Metro Gnome column — and ended up working for the Post again (in an indirect way) after I sold The Paper to a division of News Corp in 2009. Now he’ll run the NY Times’ “The Local” blog for Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, which is staffed by CUNY students.

Over the last couple of years, I posted here at several glowing reports on Gersh’s accomplishments at Community Newspaper Group where, in addition to editing The Brooklyn Paper and, he produced the downtown editions of Brooklyn Courier and several speciality publications. Most recently, he edited CNG’s Wedding Pride, a new magazine “celebrating gay and lesbian marriage,” to which he contributed a back-of-the-book column titled “Parting Gift” and headlined, “Wedding night advice from a heterosexual.” Only Gersh!

You’ll find more on Gersh’s departure, including links to archived ConeyMedia coverage, at our sister Website,

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