Daily News hires new boroughs editor

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The Daily News has found a new editor for its boroughs coverage, Capital has learned.

Sources tell us the tabloid has hired Jotham Sederstrom for the role, which opened up when Gersh Kuntzman moved over to the features department last month.

The News' gain is The New York Observer's loss: Sederstrom will be leaving his job as editor-in-chief of the paper's real estate trade industry supplement, The Commercial Observer.

The move will no doubt reassure News staffers who had been worried that “New York’s hometown newspaper” might be pulling back on the comprehensive local coverage that has helped distinguish it from the New York Post over the years. Numerous journalists from the boroughs desks were laid off in May, and the News recently gave up its Queens bureau offices, with speculation swirling that it will do the same in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

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Sederstrom, who is engaged to former Observer editor and digital-media maven Elizabeth Spiers, brings some local-reporting bona-fides to the boroughs beat—he worked at The Brooklyn Paper earlier in his career.

The new gig is also something of a homecoming for Sederstrom, who previously spent four years as a reporter at the News covering Brooklyn, crime, courts and real estate.

Sederstrom did not respond to a call or email seeking comment Monday evening.