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THE CITY and the Role of Independent Local Journalism


With the demise of the Daily News and the shut down of local coverage by the Wall Street Journal, THE CITY, founded in 2019, is more critical than ever to give New Yorkers independent journalism about New York City. The news outlet, with a focus on service journalism, was a first read for many New Yorkers during the pandemic, thanks to its interactive Covid-19 tracking map. It has a hard-hitting diverse group of investigative reporters looking deep into NYC communities and government. We speak to executive director Nic Dawes about how the newspaper will amplify the biggest concerns facing New Yorkers going forward.

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Nic Dawes is THE CITY’s executive director, responsible for growing the organization’s reach, impact and strategy as well for revenue and business operations. He has been a reporter, editor and non-profit executive on three continents, most recently serving as deputy executive director of Human Rights Watch in New York. He was previously editor-in-chief at South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, and chief editorial and content officer at Hindustan Times in Delhi.

THE CITY launched in April 2019 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, digital news platform dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York, producing consistent, high-quality and high-impact accountability reporting.


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ABOUT THE HOSTS

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Cheryl Cohen Effron

Cheryl Cohen Effron spent most of her career as a New York-based real estate developer. Ms. Effron left full-time real estate work to dedicate her time to tri-sector (government, non-profit and corporate) solutions for urban issues. Ms. Effron is currently board chair of Greater NY, a non-profit she co-founded during the financial crisis in 2009 which pairs civic leaders in the business world with the heads of non-profit organizations in two-year one-on-one strategic partnerships.

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Jamie Rubin

Jamie Rubin is a veteran of federal and state government and a longtime investment professional. He served in the Clinton Administration, then spent 15 years on Wall Street as an investment banker and partner with two global private equity firms. Jamie rejoined the public sector in 2012. Jamie is now CEO of Meridiam NA, a developer of large infrastructure projects in the US and Canada. Jamie is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He and his wife, author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin, live in New York City with their daughters and a dog.