Romenesko Memos
"As we talked to people in the paper about David the same lines were repeated over and over --- great hands, good manner, creative, and aggressive on the news," says a memo announcing David Joachim's appointment. "He’ll fit right in." Joachim has been the Times' banking editor.


Memo to New York Times Washington bureau

To: washburo
Sent: Thu Feb 03 14:08:37 2011
Subject: A warm welcome for David Joachim

I’m thrilled to announce that David Joachim, Bizday’s banking editor, will be the bureau’s new weekend editor.

As we talked to people in the paper about David the same lines were repeated over and over --- great hands, good manner, creative, and aggressive on the news. He’ll fit right in.

David has been the banking editor since March. Before that he was weekend business editor for three years. He played a big role in some of the biggest stories --- the government interventions with Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. He helped edit some of the great series The Reckoning, and was involved in Matt Richtel’s Pulitzer Prize winning series Driven to Distraction. He has also managed the Monday business section, and has written for various parts of the paper.

He graduated from Stony Brook. (I won’t put the date but suffice it to say he lowers the average age of the desk).

What drew us to David was his ability to lead enterprise off the news, arguably the most important skill for a Washington weekend editor. It means he will get to play on every story, from Washington’s struggle with the economic crisis, to politics, national security, and the White House.

David is married to Jade-Snow Moy, a sports photo editor. He will start in March.

We also want to use this as an opportunity to thank Joan Nassivera for being such a terrific weekend editor over the past few weeks. Her own aggressive news chops got us through some major stories, including the current turmoil in Egypt and the administration’s efforts to navigate it. Joan will be with us for a few more weeks while we await David’s arrival. Appropriate toast will come before she leaves.

Dean, Dick, and Rebecca