The long exit of ‘Daily News’ photo director Gretchen Viehmann
Back in early November, before layoffs hit the Daily News, before it began shaking up its culture of using full-time freelance reporters and photographers, and before its owner installed a British tabloid veteran and News Corp. refugee as its new editor-in-chief, the paper's managing editor of photography for the past two years, Gretchen Viehmann, resigned, telling colleagues that she planned to move back abroad to be with her husband after the end of the month.
Four months later, Viehmann is still in the newsroom—but not for long.
She notified staff in an email this week that March 15 will be her last day at the News, sources told Capital. Lloyd Villas, another editor in the photo department, is rumored to be taking the reins, at least in the short term.
After it had become apparent that Viehmann was very much still entrenched at the News following her planned end-of-November departure, staffers wondered whether she hadn't been coerced into sticking around a bit longer.
Then after Colin Myler arrived in January, six months after Rupert Murdoch shut down the scandal-tainted Fleet Street mainstay News of the World, of which Myler had previously been editor, speculation swirled that perhaps Viehmann, a New Yorker who's previously worked out of London, had decided to forgo returning to England since England had, in a way, returned to her. (Viehmann and Myler also happen to be fellow alumni of Daily News rival The New York Post.)
The news of her second resignation comes just a day after it was reported in The New York Observer that Viehmann has been named in an age- and gender-discrimination lawsuit filed recently by two photographers who got the ax amid last November's round of pink slips.
Viehmann did not respond to a request for comment late Thursday night.
UPDATE: A News spokesperson tells Capital: "Gretchen is leaving under completely amicable conditions to work on a few personal projects and return to England. She will continue to work with the Daily News on special projects as they come up."