New York Times Staffs Up Australia Bureau

Damien Cave will lead new Sydney outpost beginning in March.

Damien Cave, Jacqueline Williams

This quickly puts Damien Cave’s career with The New York Times in perspective. He was, back in 2006, the paper’s very first political blogger, covering Cory Booker’s campaign for mayor of Newark.

Cave is relocating to Sydney to open the Times’ Australia bureau in March. He will be joining existing contributor Michelle Innis and will be joined by Jacqueline Williams, previously with the paper’s investigative unit. From the memo by international editor Michael Slackman, deputy international editor Jodi Rudoren and Asia editor Phil Pan:

Damien, a former correspondent in Mexico City and Miami who has been a leader in redefining national coverage, will lead the Australia effort, building a small staff and stable of freelancers. He is a digital innovator and creative team-builder who played a critical role in the successful launch of the Race/Related newsletter, one of our most dynamic and groundbreaking initiatives.

Marc Lacey says Damien sends frequent late-night emails with his many new ideas so “it appears that he does some of his most creative thinking in his dreams.”

“His journalistic instincts are refined,” Marc continues. “He is as collaborative as they come. And he cares passionately about the many issues associated with race.”

Williams, recruited from a Columbia University journalism class by Walt Bogdanich, receives high praise as well. Bogdanich deems her “the most delightful, responsible young reporter” he’s ever worked with. Read the full memo here.

Photo of Cave, Williams via: New York Times