Jonathan Martin Joins New York Times

By Chris O'Shea Comment

Jonathan Martin is leaving Politico for The New York Times. Martin has been with Politico since its debut, back in 2007. Martin is joining the Times as a national political correspondent.

In a memo announcing the hire, Carolyn Ryan, the Times’ political editor, wrote, “Jonathan is a natural for the role: he has an unending passion for politics, an intrepid journalistic spirit and an astonishingly extensive Rolodex.”

Martin most recently served as senior political writer for Politico. He was their main reporter on the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaign trail. Before coming to Politico, Martin worked at The National Journal’s The Hotline and at The National Review.

Martin has also talked politics on a variety of networks, including NPR, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CBS and more.

Ryan’s full note is below.


To the Staff:

I’m delighted to announce that Jonathan Martin will be our national political correspondent.

The job is a storied and special one at The Times, and has been home to such giants as Robin Toner, Adam Nagourney, Rick Berke, and, of course, R. W. Apple.

Jonathan is a natural for the role: he has an unending passion for politics, an intrepid journalistic spirit and an astonishingly extensive Rolodex.

He also has a deep love of political history (ask him about his LBJ fixation, when you meet him) and a startlingly detailed knowledge of campaigns and candidates at every level.

Jonathan, 36, was among the first hires at Politico and spent two years on the campaign trail writing about the historic 2008 presidential campaign. He then became White House correspondent, traveling across the country and overseas with President Obama.

After covering the midterm contests in 2010, he served as Politico’s senior reporter on the 2012 campaign, winning praise for his ability to break big news and offer ahead-of-the-curve reporting and analysis.

He came to Politico from The National Review and previously worked for National Journal’s political publication, The Hotline.

Jonathan is a huge fan and student of The Times. He is eager to team up with the gifted political reporters we have here, especially the supremely talented Jim Rutenberg – much as Jim did with Jeff Zeleny, who drove our stellar coverage of the 2012 race.

A Virginian, Jonathan is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and is married to Betsy Fischer Martin, senior executive producer of Meet the Press. He is an adventurous explorer and appreciator of all corners of America, especially BBQ joints, state capitol buildings and Fenway Park.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming him.

Carolyn Ryan