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Feb 10, 2009 6:24 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton editor to step down

Feb 10, 2009 6:24 PM

Peter Boody, editor of The East Hampton Press since its launch in 2007, has decided to leave the paper after the publication of the March 11 edition. He will be replaced by Stephen J. Kotz, currently the news editor of the Press Newspaper Group, including The Southampton Press Eastern Edition.

Mr. Kotz, 51, has been with The Press since March 2001. Before that he was a reporter and an editor at The East Hampton Star for most of the previous decade. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Kotz lives in Bridgehampton with his wife, Elizabeth Whelan Kotz, and his children, Olivia, Genevieve and Henry.

“I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with, and serving the people of East Hampton,” he said.

Mr. Boody, 58, a resident of North Haven, decided in early January that, having successfully launched the paper, he wanted to step away from the demands of editing a weekly paper after 35 years in the business. He edited The Southampton Press for 16 years, from 1982 through 1998; the Hampton Chronicle-News, which is now the Western Edition of The Press, in 1977 and 1978; and the Suffolk Times in Greenport in 1979. He also was a staff editor for Flying magazine from 1979 to 1981. Between 2001 and 2006, he edited the Shelter Island Reporter and was a regular contributor to The New York Times Long Island section.

A graduate of Columbia College, he obtained his master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University in 1979.

A certified flight instructor, he said he hopes to teach flying, and to continue reporting and writing. He intends to pursue his sideline aerial photography business, EastEndAerials.com. He and his wife Barbara also hope to spend more time at their house in Vermont.

“I love East Hampton, and I’ll miss the challenge of covering it,” he said. “I’ll miss the paper, too. I feel a personal connection to it, of course. Steve Kotz is a pro who knows the town, and he’s going to do a great job.”

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