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Five Named to White House Beat for 'N.Y. Times'

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Five Named to White House Beat for 'N.Y. Times'

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New York Times Washington Bureau Chief Dean Baquet has named his new White House team, which includes Peter Baker, Helene Cooper, Sheryl Stolberg, Jeff Zeleny, and Ben Werschkul.

Baquet revealed the assignments in a memo to staff today that also explains other bureau coverage.

It is posted below:

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Dear Washington Bureau:

It is obvious but worth repeating: Washington has never been under a lens like this before. We're in the midst of an unprecedented shift in power that the world is closely watching, and economic chaos that has Washington at its epicenter.

And boy are we ready.

In announcing this list of new assignments I'll steal a line from Bill: It's a knockout cast.

Peter Baker, Helene Cooper, Sheryl Stolberg, Jeff Zeleny, and Ben Werschkul will cover the White House.

Even before Peter got to The Times he had a reputation as someone who could play the whole orchestra: write analysis, break news, and cover foreign policy. As all of you know, he has already lived up to that reputation by, well, writing analysis, breaking news, covering foreign policy, and knocking out some terrific magazine pieces for The Times.

Helene Cooper is one of our finest writers. Her portrait of Condi Rice's campaign to rebuild her image, and her lead role in the reconstruction of the diplomatic miscalculations that contributed to the Russian invasion of Georgia, displayed her ability to report and write compellingly about people and policy. She also has an eye for the fun story.

Sheryl is another of our finest writers. She has distinguished herself in various corners of Washington, including science, Congress, and the White House, and has displayed a talent not only for covering news and writing about policy in an engaging way, but also for seeing the personalities and ways of the capital.

No one knows the story of Barack Obama better than Jeff, who began following his career as a reporter for The Chicago Tribune. He is a hugely competitive reporter who after covering Congress jumped into the endless Obama campaign, writing about everything from his Blackberry addiction to the management of his campaign.

The appointment of Ben Werschkul to the paper's White House team is a testament to the importance we place on covering Washington across all platforms. But it is more than that. It is also a comment on Ben's imagination and creativity. …

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