Long Island Press Names New Editor-in-Chief

For Immediate Release
January 26, 2010

Harlan Friedman

(Syosset, NY) — Michael Patrick Nelson joined the Long Island Press at its inception in 2003 and has been a writer, columnist and senior editor at the Syosset, N.Y.-based alternative newsweekly. He is also an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, his alma mater. Prior to coming aboard the Long Island Press, Nelson was the senior music writer and managing editor of The Island Ear, a bi-monthly entertainment newspaper.

Nelson’s writing and editing skills have earned the Long Island Press multiple awards and accolades. His columns The Nelson Ravings and Sonic Boom — introspective commentary on the latest and not-so-latest trends, releases and personalities of music, pop culture, life and his own neuroses — have both been recognized with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Long Island chapter. The paper’s award-winning series on Long Island’s heroin epidemic, and several years earlier, its expose of the Newsday circulation scandal, were products of Nelson’s editorial stewardship.

Nelson, 35, is a natural editor. He possesses an eye for detail and a gift for bringing out the best in writers. Not just a skilled manager, Nelson is foremost a wordsmith. He is also a mentor. Perhaps his most recognizable trait is his confidence, which permeates as a sense of coolness.

Raised in Northport, L.I., Nelson possesses a depth of knowledge about Long Island that combined with his expertise of the craft, make Nelson’s an invaluable voice for all readers.

“When our founding editor in chief left earlier this year I was very concerned” says publisher Jed Morey. “But my fears were quickly dismissed because Michael immediately stepped up to grasp the reins. No one knows the Press better than Michael and he has earned the respect of not only every reporter in the newsroom but everyone in our organization. We’re all excited about the Nelson era.”

Nelson currently lives with his fiancee, Jenn, and two very overweight cats.

The Long Island Press is the only alternative weekly serving the Long Island marketplace and has won more than 150 awards for its outstanding editorial coverage since 2003. The Press has a print circulation of 85,000 and an e-subscription list of an additional 17,000. In addition, the Long Island Press website serves more than 200,000 unique visitors. The Press also hosts the Green Living Expo every spring and produces a specialty resource publication called Our Children’s Health.

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