Peter Kaplan Leaving N.Y. Observer

His next job: figuring out how to save journalism.

Last Updated: April 22, 2009 @ 6:36 PM

New York Observer editor Peter W. Kaplan announced today that he is resigning from the newspaper effective June 1.

Kaplan joined the Observer in 1994 after a stint at "The Charlie Rose" show and as a reporter for The New York Times.

"I wanted to take care of my family," Kaplan said. "My family has been — it sounds like a baseball thing, doesn’t it? — relegated to a secondary part of my life for a while."

Kaplan was the fourth and longest-serving editor of the Observer. Without question, he said, the Observer was the best job of his career. “It’s as good as it gets,” he said. “I had a little newspaper in New York City! You can’t beat that."

 

Kaplan said that his next dream job is to get on the frontlines to figure out how to save journalism.

 

“The Hearsts and the Orson Welles of the new medium are going to be people like the initiators, people like [Steve] Jobs, or people like, God knows who,” he said. “They’re going to be people who rethink what journalism is. I think I can think about it best if I can think about it for a while.”