'Daily News' photo editor Gretchen Viehmann to leave the paper
Gretchen Viehmann, photo editor of the Daily News for nearly the past two years, will leave the paper at the end of the month, Capital has learned.
Viehmann, a native New Yorker who's also been a photo editor at The New York Post, was imported to the News from a London agency in December of 2009 as the paper was gearing up for something of a visual makeover as a result of a new capacity to print color on every page.
She tendered her resignation this week amid recent reports of shuffling near the top of the tabloid's masthead and at least one other sudden high-level departure. But the reason for her own exit is apparently less controversial, according to an insider familiar with the situation: She wants to spend more time with her husband, who lives abroad.
Viehmann did not respond to a request for comment sent to the email address listed on her personal website. A spokeswoman for the paper declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing personnel matters.
There's been a fair amount of movement lately at the News. Longtime managing editor Stuart Marques parted ways with the paper rather abruptly on Oct. 14. That move was followed by a re-organization of the other seven managing editors. Earlier this week, veteran editorial page editor Arthur Browne moved into the No. 2 newsroom slot of deputy to editor-in-chief Kevin Convey, who, according to the Post's Keith Kelly, is rumored to be under "intense pressure" from management. Meanwhile, staff tensions are simmering as a result of an integration of the print and digital operations that's currently underway.
None of that tumult is likely to rob the Daily News of the satisfaction of beating out its hated rival, the Post, in the latest circulation data released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations on Tuesday. It showed the News had moved up A.B.C.'s rankings to become the No. 4 top-selling daily in the U.S.