3:23 pm Apr. 10, 20121
Daily News court reporters Tom Zambito and Melissa Grace have been let go, sources confirmed this afternoon to Capital.
If their exit is a sign of a larger realignment at the paper under its new editor, Colin Myler, who replaced outgoing editor Kevin Convey at the beginning of the year, then it is a very slow-moving realignment.
The only other firing we're aware of was last month, when Managing Editor Robert Sapio was let go after 42 years at the paper, a move that the rival tabloid New York Post's media columnist, Keith Kelly, reported "had staffers worried that Sapio’s ouster is a sign that another round of firings may begin."
Kelly pointed to the also-recent exit of Gretchen Viehmann, news photo editor, though she had announced she was leaving well before Myler took the reins at the paper. And in fact, late last year, it was Convey who presided over a big round of newsroom layoffs that included reporters on the police desk, City Hall, federal courts and in the photo department.
It's a puzzling move, too: Zambito and Grace have been reporting some important local crime stories from their perches in the courthouses, from the cop Michael Pena, who was recently controversially acquitted on a rape charge; to the developing courthouse saga of accused East Side madam Anna Gristina.
Perhaps Myler has some Fleet Street firepower he wants to bring to the competition on those stories with the Post? Myler is the editor who lost his job as editor of the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch British tabloid The News of the World when Murdoch shut it down in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that had embroiled the paper in a massive public controversy in the U.K.
Jennifer Mauer, spokesperson for the News, said the paper does not comment on personnel matters.
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