The Hudson County View has poached a young political reporter from the Hudson Reporter, leaving the beleaguered weekly newspaper chain with just one reporter for their eight publications.
Mike Montemarano joined the Hudson County View, which has become the dominant local news organization following declines of the Jersey Journal and the Hudson Reporter.
The once-influential Hudson County Reporter was sold in May 2018 and laid off three of their five reporters in July 2019, including veteran Al Sullivan.
Sullivan now works for TapIntoBayonne and writes a column for InsiderNJ.
Montemarano, 25, worked for New Brunswick Today while attending Rutgers, and later as a staff writer for The Press Group, covering 21 towns in Bergen County. He was hired at the Hudson Reporter last December.
The is the second major staff addition for John Heinis’ online news organization this year.
In August, Corey McDonald jumped from the Jersey Journal to the Hudson County View.
With the untimely passing of the legendary Peter Weiss in 2003 and the retirements of icons Augie Torres and Joseph Albright, the Jersey Journal – which has been around since just after the Civil War — has struggled in recent years. Their fortunes took a huge hit earlier this year when Terrence McDonald left to join The (Bergen) Record.
The Jersey Journal did not replace either McDonald will experienced journalists.
The Hudson Reporter chain was started by real estate developer Joe Barry in 1983. He later sold it to Lucha Malato and David Unger; they added the Bayonne Community News in 2004 to a group that now publishes in Jersey City, Hoboken, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City, Weehawken and West New York.