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Here’s a stunning development from The Brooklyn Paper newsroom: Senior Reporter Mike McLaughlin has left The Paper after two award-winning years.

McLaughlin joined the staff of The Brooklyn Paper in 2007 and quickly emerged as the best reporter in the borough — a platitude not simply repeated in our newsroom, but in the corridors of the New York Press Association, which named McLaughlin its “Rookie of the Year” last year.

McLaughlin covered the big stories — such as the cleanup of Gowanus Canal, the redevelopment of Coney Island, the city’s mistreatment of the Red Hook food vendors, and the delays and missteps at Brooklyn Bridge Park — like nobody else. But he also chronicled the so-called “smaller” stories through his intense, blanket-like approach to Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, his primary beat, and other neighborhoods.

And he always had a keen eye for trends, such as the death of vegetarianism, a story that could have won him a Pulitzer Prize (if those awards weren’t rigged).

He also anchored our culture pages with his rapier theater reviews and his clear-eyed analysis of his own romantic shortcomings in his infrequent column, “The Search.”

“McLaughlin leaves enormously big shoes to fill,” said Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman. “I don’t only mean that metaphorically. He actually left some old sneakers under his desk, which is a bit gross, but understandable. That said, he is a giant of his field and his departure is certain to send shockwaves throughout Brooklyn.”

McLaughlin would not reveal where he will work next, but issued a statement saying that he will still be covering Brooklyn for another newspaper, which “publishes its news daily.”

In a heartfelt video above, Kuntzman and new Senior Reporter Ben Muessig offered their sincere sadness about the loss.

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Reader Feedback

Susan from Pittsburgh says:
Good luck Mike! I will miss reading your well written articles. Wishing you the best everyday or Daily, in your future endeavors.
Sept. 14, 2009, 1:36 pm
Dottie from Mohegan Lake, NY says:
We are all so proud of you, Mike. All the best in your new position. The Brooklyn Paper won't be the same without you.
Sept. 15, 2009, 10:15 am
ebanks from greenwood says:
best of luck on the new endeavors, mike! you'll be missed
Sept. 15, 2009, 4:23 pm
Paul from Park Slope says:
A daily covering Brooklyn? Why, of course it's the Brooklyn Daily Eagle!
Congratulations on the move to the Daily News, or the Mothership NY Post
Sept. 16, 2009, 9:40 am
Paul from Park Slope says:
BTW, the podcast was hysterical!
Sept. 16, 2009, 9:46 am
tom from bensonhurst says:
traitor!!!!
Sept. 16, 2009, 4:18 pm
Judi from Cobble Hill says:
Whoa, the Brooklyn Paper without Mike? Off the deep end! Looking forward to a seeing you SWIMMING with the sharks, SKATING your way to a Pulitzer, and FIELDING all the hard questions you excel at. And don't forget to report on our quest for a true Brooklyn Bridge PARK! Best of luck, Mike.
Sept. 16, 2009, 9:14 pm
concerned from bushwick says:
WHERE IS MIKE WRITING NOW?!!?!?!?!?!

FOLLOW UP PLEASE!
Oct. 6, 2009, 11:40 am

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