NYT’s David Leonhardt: ‘On a Big Story You Want Carl By Your Side’

From NYT Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt…

To the Newsroom:

Carl Hulse has long been part of the nerve center of The New York Times. As our chief Congressional correspondent, he’s been a leading player on most big Washington stories, and he has written some of the most insightful pieces of the Obama/Tea Party years. Carl is also a wise and generous colleague who is an enormous help to other reporters, editors and (believe me) columnists.

I am thrilled to announce that he will now become deputy Washington bureau chief, joining Rebecca Corbett in that role. Carl will have primary responsibility for running the bureau day to day, helping to oversee every aspect of our coverage. Those who know Carl as an editor — from his years as the bureau’s night editor, alongside a former bureau chief named Abramson — praise his deft hands and unerring judgment. And the truth is that Carl has remained an editor in many ways, running our Capitol Hill coverage and mentoring reporters like David Herszenhorn, Ashley Parker, Sheryl Stolberg and Jeff Zeleny. On a big story, you want Carl by your side, because he’ll make you smarter and he’ll make you laugh.

Carl’s first Times-related job was a Washington correspondent for the regional papers, starting in 1986. (His first desk in the old bureau was literally in a closet.) He joined The Times as night editor in 2001, began covering Congress in 2002 and became chief Congressional correspondent in 2006. An Illinois native, he’s a former construction worker, a member of the Illinois State University college-newspaper Hall of Fame and the drummer for the Capitol Hill garage band, the Nativemakers. He lives on the Hill with his family. Lest Carl’s followers worry, he promises to keep tweeting from @hillhulse.

I feel just as fortunate that Rebecca will continue in her role, overseeing our enterprise and investigative work — on domestic policy, foreign policy and the 2012 campaign — and helping shape everything else the bureau does as well. Rebecca’s hit parade, be it wiretapping, WikiLeaks or the series of 2008 candidate profiles, confirms what reporters eagerly say about her: there may be no better story conceiver, counselor and wordsmith at the newspaper. Along with Dick Stevenson, our invaluable political editor, Carl and Rebecca will lead a desk that’s well suited for these never-dull times.

Carl starts his new job on transition Tuesday — Sept. 6. If you’re interested in applying for one of the two openings on Capitol Hill, please contact Carl, Rebecca or me. We welcome internal and external candidates for these Guild positions.


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