Mark Mazzetti Is Named Washington Investigations Editor at The New York Times

He'll lead a new, four-person investigations team.

The note from The New York Times about national security correspondent Mark Mazzetti‘s new role begins with an account of his accomplishments in the Washington bureau:

He’s broken countless stories on his longtime beat, the C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies, filed amazing narratives from the Middle East and in 2009 shared a Pulitzer Prize on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the Bush administration’s response.

Mark was also a Pulitzer finalist with a group of four reporters for coverage of the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program, and is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award.

All this has led up to his promotion to Washington investigations editor, where, as a “player-coach” he’ll be in charge of a new team comprised of Eric Lipton, Matt Apuzzo, Mike Schmidt and Sharon LaFraniere that is tasked with, as Mazzetti’s title implies, “look[ing] into all parts of the government and Washington.” The player part of the equation signifies that Mazzetti will still be writing.

LaFraniere, who has been a reporter in the New York-based investigations department, will be joining her colleagues who are already in Washington. Lipton has been working as a Washington correspondent, Apuzzo a reporter focusing on national security and criminal justice and Schmidt a reporter covering the FBI and the Pentagon.