Jim Rutenberg joins Times Magazine
Jim Rutenberg has been named chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, filling the spot created when Matt Bai jumped to Yahoo News in November.
He leaves the newspaper-side role of national political correspondent.
Deputy magazine editors Joel Lovell and Lauren Kern gave their staff the news in an internal memo that emphasized Rutenberg's breadth as a reporter during his 14 years at the paper—from Obama to Snooki to "Vows".
"Jim has covered politics from nearly every possible angle, with tremendous energy and insight," they wrote.
"It's seriously been my dream job since I got to the paper," Rutenberg told Capital Tuesday night.
The magazine is undergoing a broad rethinking under the guidance of Dean Baquet, managing editor of the Times, and Deborah Needleman, who edits sister title T. It's been without a chief editor since the departure of Hugo Lindgren late last year, and Times executive editor Jill Abramson is taking her time with the search.
You can read the full memo on Rutenberg below:
We're pleased to announce that Jim Rutenberg will be joining the magazine's staff as its new Chief Political Correspondent. Read more in this note from Joel Lovell and Lauren Kern.
Jim has covered politics from nearly every possible angle, with tremendous energy and insight, including a terrific cover story last June for the magazine on the digital geniuses of the Obama campaign looking to cash in in the private sector. Jim's feature-writing skills have of course been on display throughout the paper as its first official Hamptons correspondent (writing especially memorably about Snooki-induced panic in Amagansett and a rash of suicides among Latino immigrants at East Hampton High) and as the author of a wildly popular Vows column on the rekindling of a 35-year-old love affair. The editors at the magazine are thrilled to have such a talented and enthusiastic reporter joining the staff. Please join us in welcoming him.