Andrew Silow-Carroll, CEO of New Jersey Jewish News and its editor-in-chief since 2003, announced that he will be leaving NJJN to take a new position later this month as editor of JTA, the global Jewish news service.
Following his departure, NJJN managing editor Abby Meth Kanter will assume the position of executive editor.
In his new role, Silow-Carroll will lead the JTA news team, oversee the editorial strategy and operations for its global newswire, and manage relations with its syndication clients.
“In my tenure at NJJN I was blessed to work with a dedicated and supportive board, a talented and loyal staff, and a vibrant and responsive community. That enabled us to fulfill our vision for building community through the pages of a lively and responsible Jewish media group,” said Silow-Carroll. “In my new position I am looking forward to helping guide a digital-first news operation with a national and international reach.”
Silow-Carroll was hired as editor-in-chief of NJJN after serving as managing editor of the Forward newspaper. Under his leadership, NJJN — whose publisher is the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ — won numerous awards for its journalism, design, and website. In 2006, the paper earned the General Excellence award from the New Jersey Press Association as the state’s most decorated weekly newspaper with a circulation over 4,500.
His weekly column, which also appears at the Times of Israel website, was a four-time winner of the NJPA’s first-place prize for editorial comment. It also won the first-place prize for excellence in commentary from the American Jewish Press Association in 2004 and from 2011 to 2015.
Silow-Carroll also received the inaugural David Twersky Journalism Award in 2012. Established in memory of his predecessor as NJJN’s editor-in-chief, the award recognizes the work of journalists at the Forward and NJJN, the two publications where Twersky worked for nearly two decades.
Silow-Carroll’s position at JTA, the former Jewish Telegraphic Agency, marks his return to an agency where he held his first full-time reporting job from 1987 to 1990.
“Our entire board joins me in thanking Andy for his vision, leadership, talent, and years of dedication to NJJN and our community,” said Robert Daley, president of NJJN’s board of trustees. “Under his stewardship as editor-in-chief and CEO, our newspaper has been heralded as an award-winning publication that has earned the reputation as one of the most well-respected Jewish newspapers in the country. Andy leaves big shoes to fill, but we have every confidence in the NJJN staff and Abby Meth Kanter’s ability to continue in that tradition.”
“Andy represents Jewish journalism at its finest,” added Daley. “As we wish him well in the next phase of his career, we note how honored we are to have had him serve our institution.”