Editor of the Year!

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The Brooklyn Paper / Gersh Kuntzman

Just a few months after The Brooklyn Paper was named “Newspaper of the Year,” Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman was named “Editor of the Year” by a national newspaper association on Thursday.

The Suburban Newspapers of America, which represents nearly 2,400 daily and weekly newspapers in both urban and suburban markets, cited Kuntzman as the country’s top weekly editor for providing the “most focused and sharply written coverage” and for “good exploratory stories and graphics.”

On hearing the news, Kuntzman, 42, was atypically humble.

“An editor doesn’t win awards like this alone,” he told The Paper’s staff, which had gathered in the newsroom. “The only reason I was even nominated is because of the amazing work everyone here is doing. Now, get back to work.”

It’s been a pretty good year for The Brooklyn Paper. In August, The Paper was named “Newspaper of the Year” by the SNA. And a month later, the Independent Free Papers of America gave Kuntzman and Brooklyn Paper Senior Editor Vince DiMiceli its top prize for editorial writing.

The SNA award will be presented at the group’s spring conference next month in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., which sounds like a really nice place to pick up an award.