Reuters has hired former New York Times managing editor Jim Roberts as executive editor of Reuters digital, per a company memo from Reuters digital editor Chrystia Freeland to staff this afternoon.
Roberts, who has amassed 80,000-plus followers on Twitter and remains a go-to resource for breaking news obsessives, took a buyout last month from The New York Times, where he worked as assistant managing editor. Freeland noted to staff that the position is newly created for Roberts and that he will "oversee the editorial work of Reuters.com and our global family of Reuters websites, our opinion team and our online video operation."
During his time with the paper, Roberts continually pushed to redefine the Times' digital presence both on social media and through initiatives like a video partnership between the paper and BuzzFeed during the RNC and DNC conventions.
You can read the full memo at the New York Observer, which first reported the news.
Reuters colleagues greeted the news with excitement on Twitter.
!!!— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) February 12, 2013
Roberts, who did not immediately comment via Twitter, eventually emerged with a coy remark.
I step away for 15 minutes....— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) February 12, 2013
Then he confirmed the news.