Class of 1974
David Seifman, the political editor of The New York Post, joined the newspaper as a part-time copy boy more than 40 years ago. He says it wouldn’t have happened without City College. Spending more time at The Campus office in Finley Center than in the classrooms in which his courses were taught, Seifman learned every aspect of the college newspaper business, which turned out to be remarkably similar to the professional newspaper business.
At the time, Andy Soltis ’68 — a former Campus editor — was working at The Post and recruiting current staffers as replacements on the Friday midnight-to-8 a.m. shifts when the regular copy boys called in sick. Having logged in the requisite hours as a copy boy, news clerk and sports dictationist, Seifman went on to become a full-fledged general assignment reporter at The Post just as the paper’s stewardship was undergoing a profound change, moving from longtime owner Dorothy Schiff into the hands of new owner Rupert Murdoch.
In 1982, Seifman was dispatched to City Hall as a vacation replacement. In 1989, he took over the paper’s weekly “Inside City Hall” column and ran it until he was promoted to political editor in 2013. Through the years, Seifman has had a hand in some of the biggest stories to come out of City Hall.
|David Seifman interviewing Anthony Weiner|
In the mid 1980s, while skimming an obscure Wall Street newsletter, he noticed that Bronx Democratic leader Stanley Friedman was a major stockholder in a little-known company called Citisource, which had landed city contracts to provide hand-held computers for parking agents. Seifman’s story turned out to be the first on what would become the biggest municipal corruption scandal of the Ed Koch administration. The hand-held computers didn’t exist and Friedman landed in jail. Seifman was also the first to report that Rudy Giuliani visited Mt. Sinai Medical Center on a fateful morning in 2000. The story forced Giuliani to announce that had had prostate cancer and was dropping out of the U.S. Senate race against Hillary Clinton.
When he’s not toiling for The Post, Seifman joins other local political reporters in writing and producing the annual Inner Circle spoof, the show where Giuliani made his spectacular debut in women’s clothing. Seifman is a former president of the Inner Circle and a member of its executive committee.