Community News Group has named Zachary Gewelb, the deputy editor of the TimesLedger Newspapers, to the editor’s position. He will replace Roz Liston, who is retiring and will remain at the paper as a part-time editor during the transition.
Gewelb joined the paper in December 2016 to manage the newsroom and run the TimesLedger’s website. He also served as sports editor and entertainment editor while overseeing the paper’s layout and design operations.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve as the editor for the TimesLedger Newspapers,” Gewelb said. “I look forward to maintaining the paper’s high standard of excellence and contributing to the local news coverage of the World’s Borough.”
A graduate of SUNY Oswego, Gewelb worked at North Jersey Media Group as a sports editor before moving to Queens and joining the TimesLedger staff.
“Zach has brought an immense amount of talent to the paper,” Liston said. “He is highly organized, a natural leader and has a strong sense of what makes a good newspaper.”
Liston, who has been at the paper for more than 20 years, has trained two generations of numerous reporters who are now spread out across the industry in New York City and around the nation. Under her leadership the TimesLedger Newspapers have won more than 200 editorial awards at the state and national levels.
“I’ve worked with Roz for 10 years. She has been a consummate professional and is someone whom I have the utmost respect for,” CEO Les Goodstein said. “She helped build TimesLedger into a leading news source, not just in Queens, but in all of New York City.”
The Bayside Times, the TimesLedger edition and the Flushing Times are a trusted source of news and opinion in Queens and will continue to provide in-depth coverage throughout the borough.
“We are thrilled with the work Zach has done and believe he is the right person to lead the TimesLedger Newspapers into the future,” President Jennifer Goodstein said.
Reporter Bill Parry will serve as the paper’s news editor after nearly five years with the TimesLedger.
A graduate of St. John’s University, Parry spent nearly a quarter century covering sports as a television producer at Fox 5 and before that News 12 Long Island. He joined TimesLedger as a reporter in 2013, covering western Queens neighborhoods including Long Island City, Astoria, Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, Woodside and Sunnyside, where he has lived for nearly 30 years.
“Bill’s skill and experience working in Queens are second to none and I am thrilled to have him on board as the news editor,” Gewelb said.