NYT Wal-Mart Reporter to Head to City Hall

The New York Times is poised to announce they’re sending their Wal-Mart reporter, Michael Barbaro, to cover City Hall, according to two people familiar with the move.

Barbaro, who the Times hired from the Washington Post, had his telephone bugged by Wal-Mart after he demonstrated a knack for breaking news about them.

The move to City Hall isn’t official yet — a formal announcement should be made shortly.

There will be an opening at the desk when City Hall bureau chief Diane Cardwell leaves in September to study at Stanford.

NYT Wal-Mart Reporter to Head to City Hall