Gersh Kuntzman to leave Fort Greene Local for ‘Daily News’

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After seven months on the job, Gersh Kuntzman is leaving his post as collaborative editor of The Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Local.

He's going to the Daily News, where he'll serve as deputy managing editor for news.

"We wish him well in his latest venture," reads an unbylined post on The Local, which broke the news yesterday.

The Brooklyn news blog is run by The New York Times and the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. But about three weeks ago, we reported that the Times plans to end its partnership with the journalism school at CUNY as well as a similar one with New York University, the newspaper's partner in a similar local news blog based in the East Village.

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"There are likely to be changes to The Local as a result of The Times’ decision to end its affiliation with the site in the next six months to a year," reads the post about Kuntzman's departure. "The J-School is examining a variety of options for The Local going forward."

For Kuntzman, it's a return to his roots. He was a reporter at the New York Post for many years before he brought an aggressive, sometimes cheeky tabloid sensibility to The Brooklyn Paper, of which he was the editor for about six years. He came to The Local in January of this year.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Kuntzman sounded enthusiastic about his new gig at the News. He said his first day is Monday.

Kuntzman's replacement at The Local is Mitchell Trinka, a CUNY Graduate School of Journalism alumnus who previously worked on the site as a student and an intern.