Toby Harnden Leaps to The Sunday Times

The Daily Mail‘s Toby Harnden is making a phat career move. In January, Harnden left the Daily Telegraph after 17 years and went to work for the Daily Mail. Just 10 months in, he’s leaving for a job at The Sunday Times. Harnden has been in Washington since 1999 with a three-year break beginning in 2003 when he was based in the Middle East and London.

“It has been great fun and very exhilarating to be part of MailOnline – the world’s most popular newspaper website,” he told FishbowlDC by email. “While competing with the celebrity bikini shots on the right-hand side of the page has been a challenge at times, I’ve given it my best shot. I’m really looking forward to joining The Sunday Times, which has long been renowned for the quality of its foreign coverage and its in-depth reporting. It’s a great honour to join what is undoubtedly a group of the best foreign correspondents in the business.”

Harnden, who received the 2012 Orwell Prize for his book, Dead Men Risen, is often linked to on Drudge. This will come to a screeching halt as The Sunday Times is behind a pay wall.

Speculation has it that…Harnden is moving to the Times to partake in “more serious and original work” after churning out material around the clock and sharing the home page of MailOnline with some pretty racy stories. He’ll be taking over in Washington for Christina Lamb, who is returning to London.