Top NY ‘Daily News’ Editor to Retire

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(AP) Edward Kosner, editor-in-chief of the Daily News, has announced that he will retire when his contract ends in March 2004, the newspaper reported in Tuesday editions.

Kosner, who will turn 66 this week, has been with the Daily News since November 1998. He first worked as Sunday editor, then as editor-in-chief.

During his tenure, the paper’s audited daily circulation increased to 737,030 from 723,148 and on Sundays remained at more than 810,000.

Kosner said he told Mortimer Zuckerman, the Daily News‘ chairman and co-publisher, of his decision after the July 4 holiday.

“At his request, I agreed to advise him on possible successors and help him in the transition to the next editor and in any way he may wish,” Kosner said.

The paper did not say whether possible successors were already being considered. Zuckerman said that he was pleased Kosner would help in the transition phase.

“I’m sorry that we’ll be losing Ed,” Zuckerman said. “He’s brought the Daily News to a new level of journalistic excellence.”

Prior to coming to the Daily News, Kosner spent three decades in magazines, working as editor of Newsweek, as editor and publisher of New York magazine, and editor-in-chief of Esquire.

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