Daily News Theatre Reporter Pat O'Haire to Leave Paper

News   Daily News Theatre Reporter Pat O'Haire to Leave Paper Pat O'Haire, who has covered the New York theatre for The Daily News for half a century, will leave the paper following the end of the current season.

The New York Post reported May 28 that Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman has offered buyouts to O'Haire, along with 11 other journalists and executives. O'Haire confirmed that she will depart by the end of June, but does not plan to retire. O'Haire's byline has been a familiar one in the News' arts pages, adorning many feature articles, news pieces and sundry theatre-related items. She joined the paper in the early 1950s after graduating from high school, when the daily lived at its classic headquarters on 42nd Street. As such, she has been with the News, which was founded as America's first tabloid in 1919, for more than half of its existence.

Of the four New York daily newspapers, The Daily News devotes the least amount of space to theatre. Its stage features are few, and the paper hasn't had a theatre columnist since Michael Riedel departed to write for the rival Post. Its critics are Howard Kissel and Robert Dominguez.