WaPo Reporter to NPR

It’s time for more “caking” at WaPo. That would be cake used as a verb for yet another departing journalist who took the buyout. This time it’s Ben de la Cruz, who leaves next month after 12 years to join NPR as the multimedia editor on the Science Desk. They will miss Ben’s “devotion to the craft.”

See the internal memo that does not mention the buyout…

From: Jennifer Crandell
Date: May 31, 2012 11:54:19 AM EDT
To: NEWS – All Newsroom
Subject: Staff News: Ben de la Cruz to NPR

Ben de la Cruz is leaving The Washington Post to join NPR next month as
multimedia editor for the Science Desk.

In his 12-year career at The Post, Ben has tackled a wide range of stories
in video and multimedia, from the election recount in 2000 and the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to investigations into gun trafficking and,
most recently, congressional earmarks. His work has been recognized with
nearly every industry award, including a Peabody and a National Emmy
nomination for Being a Black Man. He received two additional National Emmy
nominations for videos about soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injury
and the world of top-secret clearances. Ben was part of a small team that
formed the Post’s video journalism department and won the Post’s first ever
Edward R. Murrow Award in 2004.

From 2009 through early 2010, Ben managed the videojournalism department.
He helped launch Alexandra Garcia’s Scene In, one of the Post’s most successful video series, and oversaw the relaunch of onBeing, the ground-breaking series by Jennifer Crandall. Ben also teamed with newspaper editors to shape coverage of the mid-term elections, the drug war in Mexico, and the De’Onte Rawlings shooting investigation.  His final piece at the Post is just as compelling. Make sure to see the video component of this Dance for Life interactive: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/lifestyle/dance-of-life/cityzen-kitchen/.

We’ll miss Ben’s devotion to the craft, his meticulous attention to detail, and the creative eye he brought to projects.  He’s always been ready to offer feedback and advice to his peers and to students he taught. In fact, he’s just returning from a teaching trip to China — right on time for festivities in his honor.  We’ll have a proper caking in the videojournalist area today at 4:30, and a happy hour at 6 pm at Lincoln.

Please join us in wishing Ben well in this new chapter in his career.

Andy    Jon