New York Times’ Brian Stelter to CNN’s Reliable Sources

Print journo will replace Howard Kurtz on mediacentric show

After covering television in the print and digital journalism worlds, The New York Times reporter Brian Stelter will be making the leap to a network he's been covering his entire journalistic career: CNN. "I've been at the @nytimes since college, so it's surreal to be leaving," tweeted Stelter. "I've learned everything here. To my colleagues: Thank you."

Stelter went from reporting headlines to making them in 10 years. The journo started TV news trade reporting site CableNewser when he was 18; he sold the site to MediaBistro (where it became TVNewser) in 2004 and moved to the Times in 2007. Since then, he covered the precipitous decline of CNN's ratings during the end of Jim Walton's tenure at the network and its subsequent revival under Jeff Zucker, as well as the intense competition between Good Morning America and Today in his book Top of the Morning.

Early in Zucker's tenure as several other longtime reporters were leaving the company (some voluntarily, some not), Howard Kurtz, host of CNN's media criticism show Reliable Sources, departed to start a similar program at Fox News (Media Buzz). Stelter was one of a number of fill-ins in the wake of Kurtz's departure and has been a favorite to replace him since the latter left the network.

The Times, meanwhile, has lost a number of marquee names in recent months. Controversial tech columnist David Pogue departed for Yahoo News just a few weeks ago, and stats whiz Nate Silver left for ESPN in July. Just today, in fact, Matt Bai announced that he would be joining Pogue at Yahoo, where he will act as national political columnist for the Web portal.