New York Times Real Estate Editor Michael Kofman is a member of a tiny group of American journalists whose real estate coverage has had a far more positive profile in the United States than its national peers.
Kofmann, who was the first editor of the Times to leave his post in February, is the first person to have the title of managing editor and the second to hold the position of managing director of a major American real estate company.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg View, Kofmans’ wife, Mary, said that while she and her husband have “never been on a job hunt,” they were excited to have a new challenge, the role of managing Editor in Chief of the NY Times.
“There is a lot of pressure in this job,” Mary KofMAN told Bloomberg View.
“You are the boss.
You have to do your job well.
I am excited about the opportunity and I am looking forward to it.”
The Kofsons were on vacation in New York in December when they found out they were being interviewed for the job of managing Editors in Chief.
In addition to having a full-time job, Mary Koftmans also serves as a managing director and vice chair of the New York-based real estate board of the International Association of Real Estate Boards.
“My husband and I are both excited about being able to work with these other leaders and to bring them together to try and make this a bigger enterprise,” Mary told Bloomberg.
The Koftsons said that as they look for an executive editor and managing director, they are looking for someone who can “bring a fresh perspective to a place that is already known for its high quality.”
Mary KOFMAN: “I think we are looking at someone who is very interested in the business, is willing to look at how the industry is changing and what we can do to help change it.”
Michael KOFMANS: “It’s a really interesting challenge, and I think it’s one that we are very excited to be part of.
The challenge we are finding ourselves in is, how do we bring the best of journalism to a company that has grown into one of the most influential brands in the world?
It’s one thing to be the publisher of a newspaper or a magazine, but it’s a whole other level to be an editor and to manage that.”
KOFMEN: “When I was editor, I was in a similar position to managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, where you’re the leader of the company and it’s really hard to get people to like you, because you’re not the one making decisions.
But we are now in a situation where we have people who have a full time job, and we’re looking for somebody who can really make that work.”
The move is a win for the Kofmsons, who were hired in late December to fill the vacant role of Managing Editor of the Washington Post.
The move to replace Michael Koftman comes as the New England media landscape is undergoing an upheaval, with the publication of investigative stories about the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign.
The paper also recently announced that it will not publish a new edition of its best-selling political thriller, Trump: The Art of the Deal.
In recent months, the New Jersey newspaper has also been under fire from local community members, with members calling the paper’s reporting on the corruption of the local government in Burlington a “cover-up” of the city’s political system.
In an interview with RealClearPolitics.com, KOFman said the decision to replace him is not meant to hurt the paper.
“I am not the person to say, ‘Oh, the newspaper should just stay the way it is.’
We are not the newspaper that is going to be in the news,” he said.
“We are the newspaper where the news is coming out.
So, it’s not the first time that the media is being criticized.
That’s how it is in the industry.
But, I’m not going to make it my mission to say I am going to tell people, ‘I am going out and telling you the news.’
I have to make decisions and have the best interests of the newspaper ahead of me.
It’s really about who I am, who I’m going to put my heart and soul into and what the paper is doing.”
The new job comes at a time when the paper has seen its traffic decline dramatically, as many New Yorkers continue to avoid its pages due to its heavy use of social media.
According to a recent poll conducted by the Times, less than 10% of New Yorkers are on the paper at any given time, and that number has been declining for years.
As a result, the paper now ranks third in the U.S. for the number of Facebook fans, behind only the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Miami Herald.
The Times has also lost more than