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David Leonhardt Named 'NYT' Washington Bureau Chief

Appointment signals renewed emphasis on economic coverage
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New York Times’ “Economic Scene” columnist David Leonhardt was named as the paper’s next Washington bureau chief on Friday.

Leonhardt, 38, has been with the Times since 1999, and since 2005 has been a staff writer at the Times Magazine. He also helped launch the paper’s Economix blog and is the recipient of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Incoming executive editor Jill Abramson’s decision to appoint Leonhardt—her first major staffing decision before she assumes her new role on Sept. 6—signals a desire to increase the paper’s economic coverage in Washington. According to Politico's Mike Allen, Times White House correspondent Peter Baker “may be named a deputy, because David will need national security chops/help.”

Leonhardt replaces Dean Baquet, who will take over the managing news editor position from Abramson.