The Long Island Press proudly announces the promotion of Timothy Bolger to editor in chief.
Bolger started as an intern at the Press shortly after The Morey Organization launched the publication as an alternative newsweekly in 2003. He worked his way up the ranks from editorial assistant, to staff writer, senior reporter, news editor and has been managing editor for the past three years, just as the paper went digital. His work has also appeared in the Montauk Sun, Fire Island News and the New York Daily News.
Bolger’s reporting has won dozens of local, state and national awards for the Press, most notably for his work on the publication’s groundbreaking ’08 series exposing the local heroin crisis.
He recently broke the biggest revelation in the unsolved Long Island Serial Killer case in years. And last month he published an unprecedented report card grading nearly 200 localities’ responsiveness to open records requests—an 18-month joint investigative project in collaboration with the Press Club of Long Island, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, of which he is vice president and Freedom of Information committee chair.
Between covering breaking news and writing features, Bolger, 36, is known for burning the midnight oil to craft narrative-style stories with the goal of putting major local news stories in context for readers. As an editor, he encourages writers to fulfill the Press‘ mission to find stories left unreported by the competition.
Raised in Shirley and Bellmore, he is intimately familiar with LI and is on a never-ending quest to be more well read on its history. Bolger graduated with honors from Queens College, where he earned his degree in journalism.
He is the Press‘ fourth top editor, succeeding Christopher Twarowski, who retains his position as executive editor in chief of Morey Publishing and its upstart investigative alternative news podcast News Beat. Morey Publishing recently transferred ownership of the Press to Schneps Communications, the owner and operator of a network of community newspapers, magazines, media websites and events throughout New York City and Long Island. Joshua Schneps and his mother, Victoria Schneps, are the new co-publishers of the Press.
“Vicki and I are thrilled to have Tim as editor in chief of the Long Island Press,” Josh said. “It is well-deserved after being with the organization and covering Long Island for over 14 years. We’re excited for both him and the company as we expand our presence on Long Island.”
Bolger currently lives in Islip with his wife, Rachel, daughter, Breanna, and two mischievous dachshunds, Harris and Davis.