July 28, 2017

About three months after The New York Times announced a round of buyouts to shift the newsroom balance toward reporting, a growing list of journalists — some of them Pulitzer Prize winners — have opted to take the offer.

Since the deadline to apply for the buyout passed last week, news of several marquee journalists’ departures have begun to surface. About 100 journalists are expected to leave the paper in the latest round of reductions, which triggered a brief staff protest at the end of June.

As of last week, 71 buyout offers had been approved out of 81 offers submitted, according to the News Guild of New York. Many of them have been for staff editors, but reporters, columnists, art directors, photo editors and others have also put in for a buyout.

Here’s an (incomplete) list of people who’ve taken a buyout so far. Know anyone else who’s had their buyout accepted? Let us know using the form below.

  • Lizette Alvarez, Miami bureau chief, worked for The Times for 22 years and covered everything from Congress and the aftermath of 9/11, to Florida hurricanes and the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to an internal Times memo sent to Poynter. She was part of a team of Metro reporters that won a George Polk award in 1996 for covering the story of a New York City girl who was beaten to death.
  • Steve Berman, a night photo editor, worked for The Times for almost three decades.
  • Adam Bryant, who was named editorial director of NYT Live in 2016, is taking The New York Times buyout. For eight years, Bryant has interviewed chief executive officers for Corner Office, a weekly feature on leadership and management. He has been at The New York Times for 18 years.
  • Greg Brock has been at The New York Times for 20 years. For the last 11 years, he’s been senior editor for standards. Before that, he was news editor in The Times’ Washington bureau.
  • LaSharah Bunting, a former senior editor for digital transition, worked for The Times for more than 13 years and implemented strategies to accelerate the newsroom’s digital transformation. She is now the director of journalism for the Knight Foundation.
  • Diane Cardwell, a business reporter, worked at The Times for more than 20 years and covered energy, with a focus on renewables.
  • Linda Cohn, an editorial board editor who’s worked with Paul Krugman and Ross Douthat, worked for The Times for nearly three decades.
  • Stephen Crowley, a staff photographer, worked for The Times for about 25 years and specialized in Washington, D.C. politics. In 2002, he was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of photographers working in Afghanistan (h/t HuffPost’s Calderone).
  • Rachel Donadio, former European culture correspondent, worked for The Times for 13 years, previously as the Rome bureau chief and a writer and editor for the Book Review section. She’s now The Atlantic’s culture and politics writer based in Paris.
  • Lawrence Downes, a former editorial board member at The New York Times, took the buyout in May.
  • Christopher Drew, who mainly covered military and intelligence, is taking the buyout after nearly 22 years as an investigative reporter and editor for The Times. He was among the Times journalists who won a Polk award last year for stories examining how the Navy SEALs had become a global man-hunting force. He also co-wrote a best-selling book, “Blind Man’s Bluff,” on Cold War submarine espionage.
  • Charles Duhigg, a columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigation into Apple, Inc., covered business and was senior editor of The New York Times’ live events business. (h/t HuffPost’s Michael Calderone).
  • David Dunlap, a metro reporter, covered architecture and the built environment for The Times for more than 35 years, including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center after 9/11. He will stay on through the end of the year to develop a small museum of Times history at the newspaper’s headquarters while also writing about its past for Times Insider.
  • Richard Ehrhard, a copy editor, has taken a buyout.
  • Darcy Eveleigh, a photo editor on the national desk, is the creator of “The Lively Morgue” on The Times’ Lens blog, which republishes some of the newspaper’s old photos.
  • Ian Fisher, who was named Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times on Jan. 9, is leaving the newspaper. He started at The Times in 1990 as a clerk and worked as a metro reporter, East Africa bureau chief, Rome bureau chief, deputy international editor and masthead editor in charge of digital transition.
  • Denise Fuhs, a print hub editor, worked for The Times for 17 years, previously as a news design editor and assistant to the metro editor.
  • Anita Gates, a staff editor on the culture desk, worked for The Times for about 25 years as both an editor and critic.
  • Justin Gillis, a lead climate reporter, worked for The Times for about a decade and covered the science and policy of global climate change. He won Columbia University’s 2011 Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism for his series on manmade climate change.
  • Michael Gordon, a national security correspondent, worked for The Times for more than three decades and reported from conflict zones in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Chechnya, Iraq and Panama.
  • William Grimes, an obituary writer, worked for The Times for nearly 30 years as a story editor, restaurant critic and reporter covering dining, film, art and books. He is the author of several books about food and drink in the United States.
  • Trish Hall, a senior editor, worked for The Times for 24 years, previously as the Op-Ed and Sunday Review editor, a reporter covering lifestyle stories and an editor overseeing the Real Estate, Dining and Sunday Business sections.
  • Bruce Headlam, an editor on the opinion desk, worked for The Times for almost 20 years, previously as media editor and managing editor for video. In an internal Times memo sent to Poynter, he said he has started a new company with another journalist.
  • Emmarie Huetteman, a congressional reporter, worked for The Times for more than five years.
  • Michiko Kakutani, a chief book critic and a Pulitzer Prize winner, worked at The Times for nearly four decades and is credited with making or breaking authors’ careers with her piercing columns.
  • Jane Karr, editor of the Education Life section, worked for The Times for 3o years, previously as Sunday Styles editor, deputy Arts & Leisure editor, pop music editor and an editor on the Metro desk.
  • Nancy Kenney, a staff editor on the culture desk, worked for The Times for close to three decades.
  • Ned Kilkelly, a staff editor, worked for The Times for 19 years on several copy desks, including sports and national.
  • N.R. Kleinfield, a senior writer at The Times, has written lyrical feature stories about life in New York City, including the recent “The Lonely Death of George Bell.” He is leaving the newspaper in November after 40 years.
  • Brett Knight, a former staff editor, worked for The Times for about six years. He’s now a deputy business editor at Forbes.
  • Susan Lehman, editor of Times Insider and host of the Inside the Times podcast, worked for the newspaper for more than six years, previously as deputy editor of the Sunday Review section.
  • Tiina Loite, a photo editor for the dining section, worked for The Times for about 36 years, previously as the photo editor for the style section.
  • Gregory McElvain, a sports copy editor and web producer, worked at The Times for almost four years.
  • Barry Meier, an investigative reporter who was part of a 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning team, covered the pharmaceutical industry and has written several books.
  • Renee Michael, a research editor for The New York Times Magazine, worked for The Times for nearly 30 years.
  • Mary Jo Murphy, weekend arts editor, is taking the buyout after 23 years.
  • Howell Murray, a copy editor, worked for The Times for 18 years.
  • Joan O’Neill, a copy editor, worked for The Times for 17 years, mostly on the copy desk and previously as the editor for the World Business section.
  • Erik Piepenburg, a digital theater editor, worked for The Times for more than 14 years and wrote about film, theater and pop culture.
  • James Risen, a reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner, worked at The Times for nearly two decades and covered the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and former president George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq.
  • Karin Roberts, a senior editor on the real estate desk, worked for The Times for nearly 20 years.
  • Pedro Rafael Rosado, an audio producer and editor, helped create, produce and host several podcasts. He is the co-founder of HeadStepper Media, a company that makes digital audio and video content.
  • Jeffrey Rubin, a staff editor, worked for The New York Times Co. for 13 years.
  • Catherine Saint Louis, a health reporter, worked for The Times for 18 years, previously as an editors for the Styles section and a clerk for The New York Times Magazine. She covered everything from the risks of long-eyelash treatments to a man with ALS accused of murder, often focusing on the human side of news, according to an internal Times memo sent to Poynter.
  • Fernanda Santos, former Phoenix bureau chief, covered Arizona, New Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border for The Times, which she joined 12 years ago. She’s now a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • John Temple, a page designer, worked for The Times for 17 years, previously as a copy editor.
  • Malecia Walker has been an editor at The New York Times since 2011. She worked on business and breaking news stories, among others.
  • Andy Webster, a staff editor and critic on the culture desk, wrote reviews and articles about film for The Times.

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