Washington editor Elisabeth Bumiller is replacing Carolyn Ryan as the New York Times Washington bureau chief, reports Politico.
Sources tell Politico that the transition is a manifestation of a “longstanding editorial arrangement,” wherein Bumiller assumed many of the bureau chief’s responsibilities while Ryan focused on the publication’s 2016 coverage.
In a memo to staff, executive editor Dean Baquet said that he had faith in Bumiller’s ability to run the bureau.
“Elisabeth comes to the job with broad experience working overseas, writing books and covering the life of Washington as a Post style writer,” Baquet said. “With her commanding knowledge and spirit, I am confident she will guide our stellar Washington bureau as it covers all aspects of this defining chapter.”
Ryan, whose tenure as bureau chief comes to less than two years, will remain at the Times as politics editor and will focus her energy on the campaign trail. According to Baquet’s memo, Ryan and Bumiller will continue to work together closely.