‘Times’ hires Jesse Wegman as editorial-board writer on law, Supreme Court

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A new writer will soon begin appearing in The New York Times' opinion pages.

Jesse Wegman has been hired as the Times editorial board's new legal and Supreme Court writer, replacing the outgoing Linc Caplan.

Wegman was most recently an editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Before that he was a legal-news editor at Reuters. And before that, he was managing editor at The New York Observer (where he hired me as a fact-checker way back in 2007).

Here's the memo from editorial-page editors Andy Rosenthal and Terry Tang:

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We are pleased to report that we have found a new legal/Supreme Court writer to replace Linc Caplan, who as you know is leaving at the end of June. He is Jesse Wegman, an experienced journalist and a lawyer, who has impressed us with both his knowledge, his writing, his news instincts and his nimbleness. Jesse will make a great addition to our page, and to our group. Read more in the note from Andy Rosenthal and Terry Tang.

He comes to us from a stint as editorial operations manager for The Daily Beast and Newsweek, where he has also served as senior editor. He previously edited legal news at Thomson Reuters, and was the managing editor for The New York Observer, where he also edited the paper's legal coverage. In 2010 Jesse received a Soros Justice Fellowship to work on a book about jailhouse lawyers.

He graduated from New York University School of Law in 2005 and in 2006 completed a federal judicial clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. From 1997 to 2002, Jesse was a producer and reporter for National Public Radio programs including Living On Earth, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

Jesse starts July 8.

Andy and Terry