'Daily News' loses senior gossip reporter Carson Griffith
The Daily News has lost its lead gossip writer.
Carson Griffith, who's been on the News' gossip and nightlife beat for the past three-and-a-half years, is leaving the paper as of Feb. 28.
Griffith declined to comment when reached by phone this afternoon. But it's no secret there's a high burnout rate for anyone on her beat, which requires constantly working sources for tabloid-worthy celebrity scoops and prowling parties most nights of the week digging up exclusives.
Griffith's resignation is the latest in a series of changes to the News' gossip pages, which were overhauled and rebranded as "Confidential" last summer in a bid to ramp up competition with the New York Post's Page Six franchise.
News features editor John Oswald, who oversees the section, also declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing personnel matters. But sources said he's on the hunt for a replacement and has been happy with Confidential's other two reporters, Brian Niemietz and Marianne Garvey, both of whom joined the paper less than a year ago.
Griffith was the most well-known byline on the column, which under its previous iteration, Gatecrasher, was helmed by veterans like Frank DiGiacamo and Ben Widdicombe.
The News' famous "Rush & Molloy" column, written for some 15 years by the husband-wife gossip duo of George Rush and Joanna Molloy, came to an end in 2010, when Rush left the paper. Molloy is still a columnist there, covering general news.