A Short-Lived Retirement for Newspaper Vet Martin Gottlieb

Former editor of New Jersey's The Record joins Newsday.

In the entertainment business, performers who have achieved the rare feat of winning an Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar and Tony are referred to as, reverentially, an EGOT. We’re not sure what the equivalent short-form should be for a journalist who has worked at all four major New York area dailies (TPNN?), but whatever your preference, Martin Gottlieb can now claim it.

This week, Gottlieb put an end to four and a half months of retirement by joining Newsday as assistant managing editor, investigations. For those keeping score, the 68-year-old newspaper veteran did a 90-day “lobster” shift at the New York Post in 1971; served as managing editor and a reporter at the New York Daily News; and worked as both a reporter and editor for The New York Times. Along the way, he was also editor of The Village Voice.

From this week’s announcement:

Gottlieb led The New York Times team that won a 1997 George Polk Award for an investigative series on allegations of corruption at the nation’s largest private hospital chain, Columbia/HCA Hospital Corp. He has been global editions editor of The Times, overseeing editorial operations of The International Herald Tribune, and an associate managing editor at The Times.

Gottlieb joins Newsday as Keith J. Kelly reports that The Record, where Gottlieb most recently served as editor, may be acquired by Gannett. Under his stewardship, the New Jersey paper famously led on the story of the 2013 George Washington Bridge traffic tie-ups and related political entanglements.

In his farewell note to The Record readers  in January, Gottlieb singled out Port Authority reporter Shawn Boburg and editor Dan Sforza for their work on that front. He also offered a hint of what his baseline approach at Newsday will be:

It’s not by accident that that short phrase from E.M. Forster lingers: “Only connect.” Journalistically, there’s nothing better than when we do.

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