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Baker of 'Wash Post' Says Wife's Ouster Sparked Jump to 'NY Times'

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Baker of 'Wash Post' Says Wife's Ouster Sparked Jump to 'NY Times'

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Peter Baker, who left The Washington Post for The New York Times on Monday, said he did so because the Post's treatment of his wife, Susan Glasser, made it "untenable" for him to stay.

"This is the inevitable decision," he told E&P by cell phone as he and Glasser left on a week's vacation. "I would have happily stayed at the Post for my life. But it became untenable because of the decision they made three weeks ago."

That decision was the removal of Glasser from her post as assistant managing editor/national news. Glasser, who has been married to Baker for seven years, was ousted on April 22 and is currently serving as an advisor to Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post Company.

Earlier today, word came out that the Times had hired Baker as a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine.

"Our distinguished stable of contributing writers is about to get well, more distinguished," Times Magazine Editor Gerry Marzorati wrote in a staff e-mail memo. "Peter Baker, the Washington Post's senior White House correspondent, is joining the Magazine."

Baker, who also covered the Iraq war, told E&P that his departure is directly tied to the treatment of Glasser, which he believed was unfair.

"The decision they made was one that most people I know in the newsroom disagreed with strongly and I did, too," he said.

Some at the Post claimed Glasser had been difficult to work with and had caused morale problems, while others told E&P she made important improvements to the coverage, which shared in several of the six Pulitzer Prizes the paper won last month. …

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