Ed Weintrob’s love affair with newspapers began when he was a 10-year-old carrier boy for the New York World-Telegram & Sun and as a route-builder for a resuscitated Brooklyn Eagle. As a teenager, he wrote, edited and designed a multi-page teenage section for the Brooklyn Times weekly.
At Long Island University, Ed edited the weekly student newspaper Seawanhaka and capped his tenure by opening a student-run print shop to produce campus publications.
Ed exploited each opportunity while maintaining a commitment to quality in his graphic design and print brokering business; having transitioned from hot type to cold type to phototypography, he was a early adopter of emerging technologies.
Pioneering the free newspaper business in America’s most competitive market, he put his stamp on the Internet while the competition was living in the past.
The Brooklyn Paper, which he founded in 1978 and published for 30 years, was New York City’s first successful free community newspaper. In the 1990s, Ed shepherded The Brooklyn Paper into the Internet age, winning honors from E&P/AdAge and the Suburban Newspaper Association (which, in 2008, cited BrooklynPaper.com as best in its class, and The Brooklyn Paper as Newspaper of the Year).
In March, 2009, Ed sold The Brooklyn Paper to a division of NewsCorp.
During the summer of 2009, Ed created BoroPolitics.com, a Web site that aggregates political news coverage — and provides unique advertising sales opportunities — for The Brooklyn Paper and its 30 sister publications in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. He also organized and managed 20 political debates, which were cablecast or videocast, for NewsCorp’s Community Newspaper Group.
Contact Ed@ConeyMedia.com, or call (718) 908-5555.
CNG Political Debates
- Ed Weintrob with media colleagues and candidates in New York’s 39th City Council District — one of 20 campaign debates he organized in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx for NewsCorp’s Community Newspaper Group. Several of the August 2009 debates (including this one) were cablecast on Brooklyn Independent Television. To Ed’s left (left to right) is The Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman, Brooklyn Independent Television Executive Producer Greg Sutton, and Brooklyn Independent Television program host Brian Vines. The Brooklyn Paper photo by Tom Callan.