'Daily News' hires Alexander Hitchen, 'Enquirer' reporter who broke the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter scandal wide open
10:47 am Jul. 24, 20121
The Daily News has named a replacement for photo director Gretchen Viehmann, who left the paper at the beginning of March.
Alexander Hitchen, a long-time National Enquirer reporter based in New York who was part of the team that broke open the John Edwards scandal, is coming on-board to head up photo coverage for the News, multiple sources told Capital.
He brings with him a sensibility for the types of salacious, eye-popping tabloid stories that are also the stock-in-trade of News editor (and fellow Briton) Colin Myler, who previously edited the U.K. Sunday tabloid News of the World before News Corp. shut it down at the height of the phone-hacking scandal last summer.
It's precisely these sorts of stories that blur the line between reporter and photographer; paparazzi are, after all, looking for scoops.
Hitchen's title at the Enquirer for the past eight years has been senior reporter. But he does have some photo experience, according to his LinkedIn profile. In 1999 and 2000, Hitchen was deputy picture editor at—where else!—News of the World. He also briefly served as press secretary to Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al Fayed.
In the John Edwards scandal, Hitchen was the Enquirer reporter who in July of 2008 famously cornered the former presidential candidate at 2:40 a.m. in a Los Angeles hotel, where Edwards was visiting his mistress, Rielle Hunter.
A few weeks later, Edwards admitted to the affair.
"They're gonna need someone like that to stay competitive with the Post," one tabloid veteran observed about the hire.
Here's Hitchen discussing the Edwards scoop on Fox News back in August 2008: