The Huffington Post is reporting that Adam Nagourney, the chief national political correspondent for the New York Times, is leaving Washington to be the paper's Los Angeles bureau chief. Current bureau chief Jennifer Steinhauer is heading the other way, to cover Congress in the Washngton bureau. HuffPo's Sam Stein says of Nagourney:
The Times scribe is known for his broad-stroke analysis and insider access, with articles that often graced the paper's front page (the prime piece of real estate in journalism).
Nagourney came to the paper after covering Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign for USA Today and was assigned to cover Bob Dole's White House run in 1996. After that he covered city politics and was subsequently named chief political correspondent in 2002. Nagourney covered George W. Bush's 2004 campaign and the historic 2008 presidential campaign -- the latter of which seemed to be a fitting point of departure from the D.C. scene.
As L.A. bureau chief, Nagourney will handle a national and business reporting staff as well as leading coverage of Hollywood and California politics.
(Noted: On that last point, the bureau chief here really only manages the bureau clerks. The writers all have editors in New York to whom they report, and Hollywood coverage in particular is run outside the bureau.)
Ed Wyatt, Steinhauer's husband who covers culture and TV in the Los Angeles bureau, will cover regulatory issues and several agencies — the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Product Safety Commission — in the Washington bureau.