New York Times Congressional reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg will be moving to cover the White House, filling the paper’s last vacancy on that beat. Stolberg will be taking the spot currently held by Elisabeth Bumiller, who is scheduled to go out on book leave in June to spend a year writing a biography of Condoleezza Rice.
“I’m honored the Times thought of me,” Stolberg said by phone April 6. “I think I have big shoes to fill.”
Earlier this year, White House reporter Richard Stevenson was promoted to deputy Washington bureau chief. His seat was filled by Jim Rutenberg. Times sources said it remains undecided if the Washington bureau will bring in anyone to fill Stolberg’s old position. Currently, David Kirkpatrick and Carl Hulse cover Congress.