The New York Times Washington bureau has made its second outside hire this month, grabbing Washington Post Style reporter Mark Leibovich.
Last week, the bureau raided the Los Angeles Times for Pentagon reporter Mark Mazzetti. Both additions to the depleted bureau have come despite a paper-wide hiring freeze.
Leibovich accepted the job this morning, and will begin in several weeks. He confirmed the move by phone today.
“The job I have now I’ve thoroughly enjoyed,” he said. “I love the Washington Post and the thought of leaving here is really difficult. But I like the risk involved and the upside. [At the Times] there’ll be a lot of profiles and culture pieces. I don’t think I’ll be covering a lot of hearings.”
Last summer, Leibovich turned down an offer of a Times post that would have been split between the D.C. bureau and the Styles desk in New York. His new position is solely dedicated to the Washington bureau.