Crossing Streams Podcast (Episode 2): Dan Gross, Former Daily News Gossip Columnist and Newspaper Guild President

Dan_GrossPhoto: Jessica Griffin, Daily News

Dan Gross joined me for this show. He is the former gossip columnist for the Daily News and Philly.com, as well as the former president of the Newspaper Guild, the union that represents Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com writers and advertising staffers. His departure was interesting not only because he was a longtime Daily News employee, but also because the perception was that, as the guild president, Dan knew something about the future of the company that most others didn’t. That wasn’t the case, however– Dan took an optional buyout to pursue other opportunities. He’s working on what’s next, and is currently doing some crisis management for a local public figure, whose name Gross has been tasked with keeping from you.

We had a good conversation about gossip and entertainment writing, and how some readers love it and others absolutely hate it. Dan broke the Flyers Dry Island story after Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were traded, and he says that the real key to that story, which Daily News editors were uncomfortable printing, was not that Richards and Carter were big partiers (something everyone already knew), but that some of their teammates were concerned about their alleged use of prescription painkillers.

Dan also talked about his confrontation with Allen Iverson and his reporting of the Scott Hartnell and Sheena Parveen sightings. We finished up by talking about the current state of Philly newspapers and their decision to separate the Inquirer and Daily News websites from Philly.com.

Dan’s a good dude and you should follow him on Twitter (@DanGross215). He lost his 13k followers when he left the Daily News, and has been forced to start from scratch– he’s gained over 1,500 followers in just over a month (with the help of porn star Mary Carey). I know he has some cool things in the pipeline, and he’s a valuable addition to any timeline. 

 

Listen here.

We’re not in iTunes yet, but that link will work on your iPhone. Listen to past episodes of Crossing Streams here.

 

Show notes:

Gross announces that he’s leaving the Daily News

Gross breaks Dry Island story

Allen Iverson tells Gross to “kiss his ass”

Scott Hartnell had drinks with Sheena Parveen

Inquirer and Daily News will separate from Philly.com

Gross’ departure mentioned in NY Post article about negotiations at Philly newspapers

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11 Responses

  1. So you post photos of Michael Vick with his dog at Pet Smart which land on TMZ and now you’re suddenly best friends with the recently retired gossip king of philly who is doing damage control for who can I guess?…. and to boot Dan turned you into his personal Fluffer. Talk about power. Whats he have on you Kyle?

  2. “Twat” Scott-
    You get a boner when our athletes fuck up because all you see are page views and dollar signs. You’ve abused your ability to reach lots of people (which you earned) and now I submit that this website not only doesn’t help us, but it hurts our ability to win championships in this city. Can’t have that.
    You’re not a Philadelphia sports fan. Defend yourself.

  3. To answer his tweet, “Heat” is a brand name and a proper noun. They don’t get re-translated to Spanish. I figured Gross, a journalist, would know that.

  4. I didn’t say you were the reason. You converse like a teenager. But this TMZ bullshit doesn’t do anybody any good besides your pockets.
    If you call attention to negative situations that would otherwise go unnoticed (or at least much less noticed) you are hurting the overall cause. Stop pretending you care and just focus on your TMZ bullshit. It angers me that you associate yourself with such passionate fans while you do your best to uncover bullshit that fucks with our teams chances.
    You’re bad for Philadelphia sports. Defend that.

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