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NYT Taps Coral Davenport for Climate Beat

Coral DavenportWashington-based Coral Davenport will take over the climate and energy beat at The New York Times from John M. Broder. Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt explains in a memo posted on Times columnist Andy Revkin‘s Tumblr. Hat tip to Playbook:

Paul Volpe and Bill Hamilton used to work with her. John Broder competed with her. Carl Hulse knew her as a Hill reporter. I was simply one of her readers, and Elisabeth met her only recently. But we all had the same reaction: Coral Davenport is the perfect person to replace John as our climate-and-energy reporter in Washington. After a lunch interview with her, Elisabeth came back to the bureau and pronounced: “We should hire her immediately.”

Hire her we have.

Coral will start next month, joining us from National Journal, where she has written one great story after another. She writes fast and smart for the Web. She breaks news. She writes enterprise and magazine pieces that you read all the way to the end. Above all, she sees climate as a story about everything – politics, economics, foreign policy, science and, of course, the environment.

Before joining National Journal, Coral worked for Congressional Quarterly, Politico and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, in Massachusetts. She has also spent three years as a journalist in Greece. The daughter of a Foreign Service officer, she grew up in Korea, Japan and Greece. Food Club alert: She is a devoted cook who has written many a restaurant review.

Coral arrives the first week in December.

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