Peter Kaplan, Editor of New York Observer, Dies at 59

November 30, 2013 5:33 PM

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Peter Kaplan, Editor of New York Observer, Dies at 59

Founded in 1987 by the investment banker Arthur L. Carter, The Observer, in the words of its website, observer.com, seeks to report on “finance, media, real estate, politics, society, tech and culture with an insider’s perspective, a keen sense of curiosity and a sharp wit.” Published weekly on pinkish paper that in its smoked-salmon hue trumpets Gotham, it reaches a primarily high-income readership.

Though its circulation has long been small — about 50,000 in Mr. Kaplan’s day and only slightly higher now — the newspaper became, under his stewardship, required reading for the very demographic it skewered.

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