'Daily News' steals 'Post' transit reporter for its City Hall bureau chief
The New York tabloids are at war, and nothing makes them happier in this state than stealing each others' talent.
Post transit reporter Jennifer Fermino has resigned, Capital has learned, and word on the street is that she left to go work for the enemy.
"Post copy kid/rewrite/court reporter/political reporter/transit reporter extraordinaire Jen Fermino has left the building and isn’t coming back," reads a staff email today from Post associate metro editor Tom Namako, obtained by Capital. Her send-off is scheduled for April 4 at a local watering hole.
Multiple current and former staffers from both tabloids said Fermino is the News' new City Hall bureau chief, replacing Erin Einhorn, who stepped down from the post last year to go on maternity leave and is now an editor at the tabloid. (Tina Moore has been acting bureau chief during Einhorn's leave.)
"Big loss for the Post," said one source. "They loved Fermino. She was a 9/11 copy kid turned star."
Fermino's boss at the Post preceded her on the transit beat; before that she made her byline in politics, especially during the paper's saturation coverage of the Anthony Weiner scandal. She moved to the transit beat in 2011.
Fermino did not respond to requests for comment this afternoon. Nor did a spokesman for the News.
Fermino will now be going head-to-head with her former colleague David Seifman, a long-serving veteran of the beat considered by many to be the dean of the City Hall press corps; so that's a big bet for the News.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that Fermino's send-off was scheduled for this evening.