Veteran Chicago journalist Jim Kirk, former publisher and editor-in-chief of the Sun-Times, was appointed interim editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News Thursday. The Daily News has been without an editor-in-chief or publisher since Arthur Browne retired from both jobs at the end of December.
The paper’s owner, Mortimer Zuckerman, is selling the nearly 100-year-old tabloid it to Tronc, the publisher of The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune. The deal represents the end of an era for The News, which was long a voice for New York’s working class. It may also signal the end of the political influence of its owner, the real estate magnate Mortimer B. Zuckerman.