Times reporter Joel Brinkley remembered

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Joel Brinkley, most recently tactical advisor for the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction, died of pneumonia this week.

Brinkley, a son of the television news anchor David Brinkley, spent much of his career at The New York Times and Pentagon correspondent Elisabeth Bumiller and chief Washington correspondent Carl Hulse wrote a memo to staff informing them of Brinkley's death. Brinkley also has been a director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, a professor at Stanford University, and a columnist for POLITICO as well as a Pulitzer winner in his early career with The Louisville Courier-Journal.

Here's the full memo, which was first noted by Dylan Byers at POLITICO.

Dear Colleagues,
We have just learned that Joel Brinkley, a former member of the bureau and a longtime New York Times reporter and editor, died on Tuesday of pneumonia at Sibley Hospital in Washington. Joel had been teaching at Stanford for the past six years until 2013, when he began a new job as tactical adviser to the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction. He had recently written some pieces for Politico.
Joel led the Times' coverage of Iran-contra and was a Times White House correspondent, Jerusalem bureau chief and projects editor. He also covered the Microsoft anti-trust issue. His wife, Sabra Chartrand, also wrote for the Times.
Before coming to The Times, Joel won a Pulitzer Prize at The Louisville Courier Journal. He was the son of the newscaster David Brinkley and the brother of Alan Brinkley, a professor of American history at Columbia. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gawler's Funeral Home on Wisconsin Avenue.
Elisabeth and Carl

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