In giving a summary of the roles David Halbfinger has had at The New York Times during his 20-year career there, international editor Michael Slackman and deputy international editor Greg Winter write, “Politics, violence, religion, culture, passion, relentless digging and compelling prose: all good preparation for one of the scrutinized (and most prestigious) jobs in journalism.”
At the Times, it is also one that has seen a lot of change in recent years. Halbfinger, who will begin after Labor Day, replaces Ian Fisher, who was named to the role in January. “After 28 years at The Times, Ian Fisher, our current bureau chief, and a dear friend, colleague and newsroom leader to many, decided he was ready for a change. He is planning to spend the next year with his family in Italy,” write Slackman and Winter.
Fisher himself replaced Peter Baker, who, after serving in the role for less than a year, was “recalled” stateside to cover the Trump presidency. NYT Global editor director Jodi Rudoren, bureau chief prior to Baker, had served in the role for almost four years.
Halbfinger, who has served as deputy national editor since the end of last year, is excited about his new role, tweeting:
Prior to serving as deputy national editor, Halbfinger had served as presidential campaign editor, from Feb. 2015 to Nov. 2016, and was deputy metro editor before that. He spent the preceding 16 plus years as a reporter covering various beats. In their note, Slackman and Winter quote assistant masthead editor Carolyn Ryan, who describes Halbfinger as “a gifted editor, a treasured colleague and a journalist with a remarkable sense of story and a sophisticated political mind.”