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New Queens Courier editor-in-chief takes the helm


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A Rosedale native with 14 years of journalism experience has been appointed editor-in-chief of The Queens Courier.

William J. Gorta, who comes from the New York Post and DNAinfo, stepped into his new role on March 24.

“It’s an honor to return to Queens to edit a great newspaper,” he said. “I’m looking forward to helping transform the paper in the digital age.”

Gorta, 54, will succeed longtime Queens Courier editor Tonia N. Cimino, who gave 11 years to the company and led the department for the last three years.

Gorta spent 11 years at the Post, covering Brooklyn state courts and general assignments. He also worked as night rewrite and crime editor for the daily tabloid.

Before becoming a city scribe, he spent 20 years in the NYPD, serving as the ranking officer on the COMPSTAT development team and retiring in 2000 as a captain.

Gorta earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature/Writing from Columbia University’s School of General Studies and later graduated from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2001.

The Fulbright Research Fellowship recipient lives on the Upper East Side and has three adult children.

 

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