Tanzina Vega Joins CNN

The NY Times' loss is CNN's gain.

Tanzina Vega is leaving The New York Times to join CNN Politics. Vega had been with the Times for the past eight years.

During her tenure at the Times, Vega covered a variety of beats. Her work was especially admired when she she was named the paper’s first-ever race and ethnicity reporter. In January, the Times unfortunately (and wrongly) decided to dissolve the beat and shift Vega to the Metro desk.

“Tanzina, a reporter at The New York Times, will focus on the intersection of technology and politics,” wrote CNN Politics executive editor Rachel Smolkin, in a memo. “She’ll look at innovative ways the 2016 campaigns are using technology, the evolution of micro targeting and new twists in voter registration. She’ll also mine the blending of technology and politics beyond the beltway, from grassroots movements to civil rights to hashtag activism on social media.”

Vega starts April 20.