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How She Wrote Front Page Stories in 'NYT' and 'Wash Post' on Same Day

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

How She Wrote Front Page Stories in 'NYT' and 'Wash Post' on Same Day

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It is quite a big deal for any reporter to get Page One stories in both The New York Times and The Washington Post during their careers.

But how many have done so on the same day? Jo Becker has.

Although Becker has only been at the Times for less than a month, she may well have accomplished a feat few in the paper's history ever will. On Monday, she had a front page byline in both the Times and the Post.

No, the Times has not taken to running Post stories on it pages, and this was not some moonlighting effort on Becker's part. It was simply a case of coincidental timing. Still, a few eyebrows among Becker's colleagues, old and new, had to be raised when Monday's stories hit web and print.

"It was kind of crazy," said Becker, a 17-year reporter who spent seven years at the Post before moving to the Times late last month. "They just happened to run on the same day. …

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