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N.Y. Daily News names first woman editor in chief

Debby Krenek, a 10-year veteran of the Daily News, has been named editor in chief, the first woman to hold the post in the tabloid's 77-year history.

Krenek, who had been executive editor, becomes the paper's third editor in chief in the past 12 months. She replaces Pete Hamill, who left last month after barely eight months on the job.Hamill's predecessor, Martin Dunn, left in October.

Daily News chairman and co-publisher Mortimer B. Zuckerman, in announcing the appointment Wednesday, said Krenek "has proven to be a gifted leader and motivator."

Krenek has been handling Hamill's responsibilities since the best-selling author's departure on Sept. 4.