David Leonard to become managing editor of a new vertical at the NYT
NYT announces staff changes, as well as some rather vague new ventures (more to come)
NEW YORK, NY – November 20, 2013 — The New York Times today announced two new journalism ventures and staffing changes in advance of the 2014 election cycle. Carolyn Ryan will become the Washington, DC bureau chief. David Leonhardt and Curl Hulse will lead the new ventures scheduled to launch next year. Additional details on the ventures will be announced later. These changes are effective December 15.
Carolyn Ryan, the current political editor, will relocate to Washington, DC and oversee the Washington bureau in addition to national political reporters based outside of DC.
“Carolyn’s leadership skills and her deep understanding of politics have been evident in our coverage of countless high-impact stories, like the New York City mayoral race and the downfall of Eliot Spitzer,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor, The New York Times. “She is an inspired and energetic editor with an eye for talent. Her tenure as political editor has already resulted in agenda-setting pieces and fantastic new hires.”
David Leonhardt will become managing editor of a new vertical that will offer clear analytical reporting and writing on opinion polls, economic indicators, politics, policy, education, and sports. Leonhardt will manage a newly assembled team of reporters, graphics editors, economists, historians and political scientists including Amanda Cox, who will anchor the graphics coverage in collaboration with The Times’s polling group: Marjorie Connelly, Megan Thee-Brenan, Allison Kopicki and Dalia Sussman. New hires include: Michael Beschloss, a historian, will serve as a contributing columnist; Nate Cohn, will join as a correspondent from The New Republic; and Justin Wolfers, a professor at the University of Michigan, will join as a contributing columnist.
“David is adept at finding the story in the numbers,” said Jill Abramson. “After a successful run as Washington bureau chief, David returns to his roots: explaining complicated stuff to our readers in his own engaging voice.”
Curl Hulse will become the managing editor of an early morning news tip sheet that sets up the Washington day as The New York Today report does for the New York metropolitan area. The daily report will highlight events and stories of interest in the political realm and be written with voice and edge. It will curate the best tweets of bureau reporters and aggregate other elements from the Washington news report. Hulse will also return to covering politics as Chief Washington Correspondent.
“Carl knows every cranny of the Capitol, Congress and the White House,” said Jill Abramson. “He has the perfect pitch for separating what is interesting and important from all the noise.”
About Carolyn Ryan: Ryan was named political editor in May 2013 and served as Metro editor since January 2011. Previously, Ms. Ryan had been deputy editor for the Metro section’s government and politics coverage since joining The Times in 2007. Before coming to The Times, Ms. Ryan worked for The Boston Globe where she held several positions including deputy city editor, political editor, assistant managing editor and deputy managing editor. She was a member of the team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for its coverage of Governor Eliot Spitzer.
About David Leonhardt: Leonhardt was named Washington Bureau Chief in September 2011. Previously, he wrote “Economic Scene,” a weekly economics column, and worked as a staff writer and contributor for The New York Times Magazine and the Economix blog. Before joining The Times in 1999, he worked for Business Week magazine and The Washington Post. In April 2011, Mr. Leonhardt won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
About Carl Hulse: Hulse was named Deputy Washington Bureau Chief in September 2011 after serving as the paper’s Chief Congressional Correspondent and covering Capitol Hill since May 2002. He joined the Times Company in 1986 and has covered policy and politics on Capitol Hill for more than 25 years.