Mort Zuckerman Taps Boston Herald Editor Kevin Convey to Take over Daily News

Three hours after Daily News editor-in-chief Martin Dunn announced that he would be leaving the paper, Mort Zuckerman has named his replacement: Kevin Convey, who has edited the Boston Herald for the last three years.

Here’s the release:

NEW YORK (July 20, 2010) – Daily News Chairman and Publisher, Mort Zuckerman, and Editor-in-Chief Martin Dunn, announced that Dunn is leaving the Daily News to deal with a family medical issue.

Dunn has been editor-in-chief since 2005. From 2003 to 2005 he was the paper’s editorial director. Dunn was instrumental in the integration of the Daily News’ recent acquisition of modern, full-color presses.

Mort Zuckerman said, “This seven-year stretch is the second time that Martin Dunn and I have worked together. During this stint the newspaper broke many exclusive stories, won many awards, most recently for our ground-breaking work on compensation and financial help for 9/11 rescue workers. His strong editorial vision has permeated the paper. Martin is a wonderful man and a person of extraordinary talents.”

“It has been a pleasure helping the Daily News become one of the most modern newspapers in America,” said Dunn. “I am totally confident that under Mort’s stewardship and with his investment in new color presses, the newspaper will continue to be the powerful and authoritative voice in New York journalism.” 

Veteran Journalist Kevin R. Convey has been appointed editor-in-chief to succeed Martin Dunn. He has been the editor-in-chief of the Boston Herald for the last 3 1/2 years and has had a career spanning 33 years in which he started off as a general assignment reporter and then worked political, investigative and magazine beats and served as city editor, Sunday editor and managing editor.

“We all look forward to working with Kevin,” said Mort Zuckerman. “Kevin will keep the paper true to its character and voice and bring to it his unique energy and wit.”

Convey said, “I am looking forward to the challenge of editing the Daily News, which has some of the most talented people in the newspaper business and the web anywhere in the world. It is a great privilege.”

Asked about his plans for the paper, Convey said he’d talk first with members of the editing and reporting staffs. But he also said, “Under Martin’s leadership, the Daily News is already New York’s most widely-circulated and best read newspaper, and I will be looking to build on that success. We’ve kept the Herald vital by focusing on local coverage, enterprise, teamwork, populism, passion and humor. These are already strengths of the Daily News, and I think further emphasizing those strengths can make the Daily News an even better newspaper.”

Mort Zuckerman Taps Boston Herald Editor Kevin Convey to Take over Daily News