WaPo‘s Baghdad bureau chief Anthony Shadid will leave that position at the end of this year to join NYT‘s Baghdad staff, E&P reports today.
In an e-mail to E&P, he adds that his wife, Post Baghdad staffer Nada Bakri, will also become a Times scribe in the bureau. He writes that the couple “are going to work in the Times’ Baghdad bureau, then eventually move elsewhere in the Middle East. We’re starting in January. I’ve been at the Post since January 2003, and this is my second stint for the Post in Baghdad. Nada joined the bureau in May.”
He also states: “It was a difficult decision to move. I still have deep affection and admiration for the Post. My time there represents my favorite years in journalism, and Don Graham remains an inspiration to me. Nada and I just thought it was time to seek new challenges.”