Phillips Back in [em]Times[/em] D.C. Bureau

Former New York Times Washington editor Kate Phillips has returned to the bureau as a reporter. The former number two rejoined the bureau on Wednesday and will cover lobbying and politics.

“I’m just glad to be back,” Phillips said by phone March 2. Washington bureau chief Phil Taubman sent Phillips flowers welcoming her back to the bureau, according to two sources. In December, Phillips departed the Washington editorship after only 11 months. In January, the Times disolved the position of Washington editor and split the duties among three deputies.

–Gabriel Sherman