New York Observer Hires Jillian Jorgensen

Jillian Jorgensen.

Jillian Jorgensen.

The New York Observer has hired Jillian Jorgensen, a reporter for the Staten Island Advance, to contribute to its print publication and Politicker, Observer Editor-in-Chief Ken Kurson announced today.

Ms. Jorgensen, set to begin reporting for the Observer on June 23, has covered City Hall and education for the Staten Island newspaper.

Ms. Jorgensen, a Staten Island native, began her career in New Hampshire, where she reported for the New Hampshire Union-Leader and the Eagle-Tribune. She joined the staff at her hometown daily in 2011.

She’s written about the mayor’s lack of appointees from outer boroughs that aren’t Brooklyn, the tumultuous process of the City Council approving the massive New York Wheel project, the woes of the Build it Back program and the slow trickle of Hurricane Sandy federal relief dollars to storm victims in New York City.

“The Observer does a fantastic job covering politics in New York City — from the nitty-gritty of borough party politics to the thoughtful, big-picture stories emerging from campaigns and City Hall. I’m thrilled to join the team,” Ms. Jorgensen said.