Kelefa Sanneh, Ariel Levy Join New Yorker

New York Times music critic Kelefa Sanneh is leaving the newspaper to become a staff writer at The New Yorker, according to an internal memo distributed yesterday. (Radar had reported a rumor to this effect.)

Also heading over to 4 Times Square is New York Magazine contributing editor and writer Ariel Levy, who has already posted the news to her personal web site.

David Remnick wrote in an email to Media Mob that they are both expected to “write reported pieces.”

Ms. Levy wrote in an e-mail that she starts on April 1 and adds: “I am really psyched. I’ve loved working at New York magazine but I’ve also been there for TWELVE years if you can believe that, since I was an intern at the gossip column and Kurt Andersen was my boss. So, you know, I think it’s time for a change.”