February 7, 2017 Last Updated 4:07 pm

Rebecca Blumenstein moves from WSJ to NYT to become deputy managing editor

Blumenstein started at the WSJ in 1995 in Detroit covering General Motors, then moved to NYC in 1998 to cover telecom

The New York Times has yet to announce it, but The Wall Street Journal is acknowledging that Rebecca Blumenstein will be leaving to join The New York Times to become deputy managing editor. Blumenstein has been with the WSJ for 22 years, working her way up to become Deputy Editor in Chief.

“In her 22 years with us Rebecca has been a peerless exponent and advocate of the very highest journalism,” Gerard Baker, Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones, wrote in a staff memo. “As a reporter, bureau chief and editor, she has brought an uncommon energy, decency, warmth and integrity to every story she has been involved with.”

Update: Here is the memo now from the NYT:

Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, will join The Times as a deputy managing editor. Below is the memo to staff by New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and Times managing editor Joseph Kahn.

Dear Colleagues,

We’re delighted to announce that Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, will join The Times as a deputy managing editor.

Rebecca will bring deep expertise in business, technology and international affairs to the leadership of our newsroom, helping us stay ahead of the competition on the biggest stories of our time. She will join Matt Purdy, Janet Elder, Cliff Levy, Kinsey Wilson, Tom Bodkin and the rest of the masthead in pushing our digital transition, helping us improve print, modernizing our editing system, and increasing our appeal to audiences in the United States and abroad. In short, she’ll help all do all the big things we intend to do in 2017 and beyond.

Rebecca will focus on making sure we remain an essential destination for readers interested in business, finance, economics and technology. She’ll build on the work Dean Murphy has spearheaded to make Bizday’s news and enterprise stand out. She will also work with Adam Bryant on our live events business, a specialty of hers at the WSJ. We’ll have more to say about her role in coming days.

A native of Michigan, Rebecca cut her teeth as a journalist covering politics and breaking news at The Tampa Tribune, then at Gannett and Newsday before joining The Journal in 1995. At The Journal, she covered the auto industry in Detroit. She led a team covering technology and telecommunications in New York. She later became China bureau chief, where her team won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 (not without a bit of rivalry with Brand X, it could be noted). She later became the Page One editor, managing editor of WSJ.com and international editor before being named deputy executive editor in 2013.

Dean Baquet, executive editor, Joseph Kahn, managing editor

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