Leonhardt currently writes the “Economic Scene” column for the paper, and, at 38 years old, he hurdles a handful of older hands — like Maureen Dowd and Carl Hulse — in the bureau. Leonhardt is a favorite of Arthur Sulzberger Jr., according to Allen, and his selection represents an attempt to cultivate a younger generation by the incoming executive editor, Jill Abramson, who will visit the bureau today to announce the appointment.
Leonhardt won a Pulitzer in April for his weekly economic column, and his ascension would seem to reflect a shift toward business and economic reporting.
The outgoing chief, Dean Baquet, is headed to
Washington New York to succeed Abramson as managing editor.