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Robert York back at helm of New York Daily News, Morning Call



The editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News has been given his old job back — and he didn’t even ask for it.

Robert York, who joined the Big Apple tabloid from The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in July 2018, will oversee his old paper in addition to the Daily News, Terry Jimenez, the new chief executive of Tribune Publishing, which owns the Daily News, said Friday in a memo obtained by The Post.

Tribune made the announcement after Terry Rang, editor-in-chief of The Morning Call, accepted a buyout this week.

Tribune staffers with eight or more years’ experience have been offered buyouts as part of a larger cost-cutting effort. Tribune did not release an official number, but it appears fewer than 100 people across the Tribune empire, which includes the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and the Hartford Courant, have accepted one, sources said. At the Capital Gazette, two staffers — photographer Josh McKerrow and reporter Pat Furgurson — who shared in a team Pulitzer Prize following the June 2018 shooting that left five colleagues dead, have opted to take the buyout.

“We were the ones who were not in the newsroom at the time,” McKerrow recalled to The Post on Friday. “We ended up working with another reporter, Chase Cook, out of the back of Pat’s pickup truck and ended up getting the paper out from there.”

At The Baltimore Sun, seven people took the buyout, including six newsroom people. At the Chicago Tribune and its suburban papers, a total of 16 opted to take the buyout, including 13 from the newsroom. York said there were zero takers for the buyout at the Daily News, which saw its newsroom halved in a 2018 bloodbath. As The Post reported Thursday, Grant Whitmore, the Tribune executive charged with carrying out the 2018 cuts, was also let go this week.

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