8:34 am Mar. 15, 2012
Expect to start seeing Jacob Bernstein's byline in The New York Times Styles section.
The senior reporter for Tina Brown's Daily Beast and Newsweek franchises, who specializes in pop culture, celebrity and political scandal and, for a while, the Penn State scandal, has moved to a contract-writer position there, and will now be a regular freelancer for Styles as well, sources familliar with both arrangements told Capital.
Bernstein, 33, seems a natural fit for Styles. He was previously a reporter at Women's Wear Daily and W. He also happens to be the son of Watergate-hero Carl Bernstein and the author and screenwriter Nora Ephron, and as such was born into a certain New York social orbit of interest to the section's readers and its editor, Stuart Emmrich. (How many young writers can say they were played by the baby-actor in Heartburn?)
Bernstein also fills a certain niche. Until last April, Chloe Malle, daughter of Candice Bergen and the late French filmmaker Louis Malle, was the star young freelancer and society insider in residence at Styles; she gave up the gig for a staff position at Vogue.
At least a few Styles writers are no doubt already acquainted with their new semi-colleague. He overlapped with Eric Wilson at W.W.D., and he profiled the section's fashion critic, Cathy Horyn, in October of 2010.
Reached by phone Wednesday evening, Bernstein declined to comment.