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Former WPIX Reporter Peter Thorne Joins Comptroller John Liu’s Staff

Peter Thorne was a ten-year veteran of WPIX/Channel 11 before leaving in December.

John Liu is the embattled New York City Comptroller who’s been locked in a fundraising scandal.

The two minds are now uniting, as Liu, the hopeful mayoral candidate in 2013, has hired Thorne as his new communications director.

Thorne began his new position yesterday.

The spotlight has been squarely on Liu since his 25-year-old campaign manager was arrested last month in connection with a fraud scheme.

Now comes Thorne to rescue and to help resurrect Liu’s image.

“Peter is an award-winning, veteran journalist with a deep understanding of New York City and its many diverse communities,” Liu said in a statement. “The energy and insight he brings from his two decades in broadcast journalism will be enormous assets to this office.”

Thorne also served as weekend anchor at WPIX before news director Bill Carey began making wholesale staff changes in 2010.

“I am very much looking forward to informing New Yorkers about the important work of the Comptroller’s Office such as increasing transparency and eliminating wasteful spending by City agencies,” Thorne said in Liu’s press release. “I have always considered a large part of my career as a journalist to be a form of public service and this new position allows me to continue that public service in a whole new way.”

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