Ariel Kaminer moves to the higher ed beat in ‘Times’ Metro desk shuffle

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It's been about two months since Ariel Kaminer published her final column as The New York Times Magazine's Ethicist, a role that has since been filled by her successor, author Chuck Klosterman.

She returned to her former home on the metro desk last month, but without much explanation about what she'd be doing. Now they've figured it out: Kaminer will cover higher education in the New York region, according to an internal memo from metro editor Carolyn Ryan, which noted that Kaminer had been responsible for "overseeing" the magazine's harrowing June 6 cover story about a history of alleged sexual abuse at the elite Bronx private school Horace Mann.

Joining Kaminer on metro's education team as public schools reporter is Anne Barnard, who most recently has been bouncing back and forth between general metro news and coverage of the conflict in Syria.

Both moves come on the tail end of a recent rejiggering of the Times' education report, which bifurcated several months ago from a singular "pod" (in Times-speak), into separate reporting teams. Local education reporters now answer to the metro desk and national education reporters to the national desk. Other newcomers to the Times education beat include Motoko Rich and Al Baker.

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Elsewhere in metro, "Matt Flegenheimer, who has already turned heads with his news energy, creativity and supple writing, will plunge full-time into his new beat, transportation, beginning June 25," said Ryan in her memo. "Marc Santora, known for his quickness, clarity, and love of city stories, returns to Metro later this summer as daytime rewrite man."