The editor of Long Island Business News is leaving to head up Patch.com’s Long Island editorial operations, reports Talking Biz News.

David Reich-Hale joined LIBN in 2004 and led the newspaper in experimenting with web 2.0 forms of journalism: blogs (remember, that was revolutionary six years ago), podcasts, and video reporting.

As TBN’s Chris Roush says, Reich-Hale is the second editor of a weekly business paper to join Patch; Patch’s Connecticut operations are led by John Ferraro, previously editor of the Hartford Business Journal.