By: E&P Staff
Harry Siegel, the 27-year-old founder of the cultural and political blog New Partisan, has been named editor of the troubled alternative weekly The New York Press.
In an article in Tuesday’s New York Sun, Siegel said that he plans to reimagine the Press as a politically centrist newspaper filled with longer essays, fiction, and travelogues. He also wants it to better compete with the Village Voice, which right now has double the circulation figures of the Press.
Siegel told the Sun that he wants to create a paper ?for people who aren’t ideologues and are interested in argument and reason.?
Siegel replaced Alexander Zaitchik, who lasted less than six months as editor of the Press, which is owned by, Avalon Equity Partners. Zaitchik’s tenure began following the resignation of Jeff Koyen, who was pushed out after running the controversial cover story ?The 52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope.? The article, written by contributing editor Matt Taibbi, mocked the ailing Pope John Paul II and was widely criticized.
Siegel, who graduated from Brandeis University in 2000, previously worked as an editor and editorial writer for The New York Sun. He also assisted his father, historian Fred Siegel, by researching ?Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life,? published this summer.
The first issue under the new editor comes out August 24.