Nikita Stewart to ‘Times’ City Hall desk

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Nikita Stewart. (Via C-Span.)
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Nikita Stewart is leaving The Washington Post to becoming an investigative City Hall reporter for The New York Times.

"Nikita is a superlative investigator, a congenial colleague and one of the best beat reporters we’ve ever seen," her editor wrote in a memo to staff this afternoon. "Her touch with sources is legendary. She will be missed."

The move gives the Times some added firepower as its metro desk gears up to cover the new administration of mayor elect Bill de Blasio.

You can read the full Post memo below:

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We regret to announce that Nikita Stewart is leaving to join The New York Times as an investigative reporter covering City Hall in Manhattan.

Nikita is a superlative investigator, a congenial colleague and one of the best beat reporters we’ve ever seen. Her touch with sources is legendary. She will be missed.

Nikita made her mark with her outstanding coverage of City Hall in the District, especially her hard-hitting stories on Mayor Vincent Gray and the shadow campaign mounted by Jeffrey Thompson, adding an immortal phrase to the political lexicon in D.C. She also brought investigative edges to coverage of the Fenty campaign. Her narrative on the rise and fall of Thompson, the “Governor of D.C.,” exposed the hidden byways of the District’s political power corridors and as well as the arc of a fascinating individual’s once-in-a-generation career.

Nikita came to The Post in 2004 and covered Prince William County government before joining the City Hall pod. She previously worked at The Newark Star-Ledger, where she covered city hall and Mayor Sharpe James. She was a finalist for a Livingston Award for her work profiling Sharpe's successor, Cory Booker.

We will plan appropriate good byes for Nikita for the New Year. Her last day is Jan. 3.

Jeff