1:57 pm Jul. 3, 20121
The Daily News is losing one of its heavy-hitters: Alison Gendar, who over 13 years at the paper has covered everything from public schools to One Police Plaza to national courts and politics, is leaving the News to take a position as deputy press secretary for the United Federation of Teachers.
Her departure is seen as a significant blow to the News, which is still taking shape under editor-in-chief Colin Myler about six months into his tenure.
"She's very, very well respected," said a fellow New York reporter who follows her work closely. "She was a monster on the police beat, was killing it on the politics beat. One of the best Daily News reporters."
"Totally a huge loss," said one of Gendar's Daily News colleagues. "She was really beloved and a freaking workhorse. It's talent walking out the door."
Gendar, who most recently was working out of the News' Washington bureau, is the second News staffer whose exit was made public this week. As we reported yesterday, assistant city editor James Fanelli is leaving Thursday for the website DNAinfo.
Overall, there's been a fair amount of turnover since Myler took the reins back in January. Among other departures: Digital chief Scott Cohen left and was replaced by former Mail Online editor Ted Young; longtime TV critic Richard Huff left for a communications gig at CBS News; and a handful of rank-and-file reporters have been let go.
You can read the press release about Gendar's new job below.
—With reporting by Azi Paybarah
ALISON GENDAR TO JOIN UFT PRESS OFFICE
Alison Gendar, an award-winning reporter for the New York Daily News, will join the United Federation of Teachers as a Deputy Press Secretary, UFT President Michal Mulgrew announced today.
In her 13-year career at the Daily News, Ms. Gendar has been the lead reporter for coverage of the public schools and bureau chief for the News at One Police Plaza. She has also covered the federal court and politics in both New York Washington, among other assignments.
Before working for the Daily News she was a reporter for the Gannet Suburban Newspapers in Westchester County.
In 2003 she was a member of the team that won a National Headline Award for her Daily News series:"Everyone Let These Kids Down," a look at a troubled Queens public school.
A native of New York City, Ms. Gendar graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "We are happy to welcome Alison to the UFT family. Her knowledge of the schools and her distinguished career as a reporter give her a valuable perspective on the issues we face as educators and as a union."