Joseph Brendan Cunningham, a veteran New York Post copy editor whose sharp, caustic wit produced some of the paper’s most memorable front-page headlines in recent years, died Thursday of complications following a stroke. He was 43.
He joined the Post in 1997 as a city desk assistant. Before long, he began contributing articles to the paper, then was given a tryout as a copy editor.
Over the years, many of his suggestions for the “wood” the paper’s celebrated lead headline found their way onto Page One.
Among them: “Let’s Mecca Deal,” about financial questions surrounding the Ground Zero mosque; “Freakin” Flyer,” about the JetBlue attendant who went berserk at JFK; and “Screw U.,” about a professor caught pimping out girls on the Web.
Cunningham’s most famous headline, “Axis of Weasel,” appeared two days after this ScrappleFace piece.
I am reasonably certain Dawn Eden isn’t looking to get her old job back.