Vacancy Left by Robert Mackey at New York Times Filled by Robert Mackey

Last month, Robert Mackey, editor of The Lede blog at The New York Times, wrote that “after most of a decade at The New York Times, and nearly three years and more than 1,360 posts as The Lede’s editor, I am leaving to join The Guardian, where I will be a reporter and blogger.” Today, not even a month later, his editor at the Times, Jim Roberts, announced that the new lead blogger of The Lede would be… Robert Mackey.

We asked the Guardian what happened. “We’re hiring a lot at the moment and sadly there will always be times when things just don’t work out” wrote spokeswoman Jo Murray in an e-mail. “He decided it wasn’t for him and of course we wish him well.”