THE CITY covers New York’s uncovered neighborhoods, holds the powerful to account, and helps make sense of the greatest city in the world. Launched in 2019 to fill critical local reporting gaps, THE CITY is the only outlet consistently producing free to read, robust accountability journalism for a wide audience. 

THE CITY’s primary editorial product is its in-depth reporting, which it publishes weekdays on its digital platform, www.the Its newsletter, THE CITY Scoop, is delivered weekdays and Sunday, while additional newsletters serve New Yorkers with news they can use on housing, jobs and civic engagement. THE CITY covers the issues that are important to everyday New Yorkers; its stories get action, drive change and reach growing audiences. 


New Yorkers need and deserve a news source that holds our leaders to account, reflects the city’s tremendous diversity and inspires residents to take part in their communities. We’re thrilled to grow THE CITY at this critical moment.”

Richard Kim, editor-in-chief


  •  Nic joined THE CITY as its executive director in January 2021. He is responsible for the organization’s strategy, impact, reach and revenue. Nic has been a reporter, editor and non-profit executive on three continents, most recently serving as deputy executive director of Human Rights Watch in New York. During his time at Human Rights Watch, Dawes led the organization’s global operations across research, advocacy publishing, and fundraising, with some 500 staff and a budget of $94 million. Dawes previously served as the chief editorial and content officer for Hindustan Times, overseeing an 800 person newsroom across 24 bureaus at India’s second largest English-language newspaper. As editor in chief of the Johannesburg-based Mail & Guardian, he was twice named South Africa’s editor of the year. He chairs the board of the global crisis reporting non-profit Codastory, and serves on the boards of The amaBhungane Center for Investigative Journalism and the Bhekisisa Center for health journalism.
  • Richard joined THE CITY as editor-in-chief in February 2022. He was previously Executive Editor of HuffPost, where he oversaw the newsroom, including breaking news, politics, enterprise reporting and longform. . Over two decades at The Nation magazine, Richard filled roles ranging from Intern to Executive Editor. He was instrumental in editing some of the magazine’s most agenda-setting journalism, and in dramatically expanding its digital presence.  Born in the Bronx, he was educated at Yale and New York University.