Joe Hirsch, the long-standing editor of the Mott Haven Herald and The Hunts Point Express, was named one of the most influential people in the Bronx by City & State New York.
The annual list ranks individuals based on their accomplishments, their sway in political and policy matters, and their ties to powerful politicians and the constituencies they represent. The editorial staff called Hirsch “a steady presence” in Mott Haven and Hunts Point, two underserved and underreported communities in the Bronx.
The Mott Haven Herald and the Hunts Point Express are staffed by students from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. In recent years, reporters have published stories about the opioid crisis hitting the South Bronx, the closing of Rikers Island, and the troubled New York City Housing Authority.
“This award is recognition for all the heavy lifting that students from the Newmark J-School and Hunter College have done over the 12 years we’ve been around, to transform our papers and websites from a neat idea into two vibrant sources of hyperlocal news in the shrinking field of community journalism,” said Hirsch, a 2007 graduate of the Newmark J-School.
“This honor is well deserved,”said NYCity News Service Director Jere Hester. “From the time he started in the inaugural class at the J-School in 2006, Joe has been dedicated to serving the city through local journalism. His devotion to the South Bronx and his guidance of students combine to deliver strong news and to train the next generation of reporters.”