I wanted to officially inform you of some changes that I’m quite sure you all, being good reporters, know full well already…
Much to my regret, Nik is leaving us this spring to return to New York to become editor of the Money and Investing section. He will be replacing Dave Kansas, who is becoming president of an exciting new personal finance Internet business Dow Jones is starting with IAC. The paper’s gain in having Nik available to step into this important role is very much the bureau’s loss. In his time here, Nik has become not only an integral part of everything that happens in Washington, but a beloved (and I use that word with all sincerity) colleague of everyone here. Nik is a talented editor, a wonderful news person and a great friend to lean on. On a personal note, I don’t want the moment to pass without saying how much I have benefited from having Nik here and from developing a real friendship with him, one that will endure. We don’t have a precise date for Nik’s departure yet, but whenever it comes we wish him all the best, obviously.
Filling Nik’s role as deputy, though in a somewhat different fashion, will be an old friend of mine and some others in the bureau, Monica Langley. Monica is one of the most powerful reporters and writers on the paper, and has produced the absolute best profiles and many of the best stories in general that the WSJ has published in recent years. Monica’s role will be to try to help us all do more of just those kinds of stories in Washington, and to continue to write some of them for us here. She will lead a small group of reporters engaged in investigative and projects work, and be available to work with reporters and editors from across the bureau when they have ideas for profiles, projects, or just generally unconventional reporting ideas. I have known Monica for two decades, from the time she and I were junior reporters here in this bureau, and when she and Roger Wallace, her husband, were neighbors of Barb and me in AU Park. In addition to her time here, Monica has filled a series of other jobs and roles at the WSJ, in New York and her native Knoxville, Tenn.. She also practiced law for several years (which helps her decipher what a lot of our sources try to get away with), and wrote a best-selling book. Monica is, among other things, a great, fun and lively personality to have around the bureau, and I’m delighted she will be back among us. Incidentally, Roger is a talented television producer and has been named executive producer of TV news for Belo Corp.’s Washington bureau. Langley Grace Wallace will start third grade at Sidwell Friends next fall.
Monica will be a welcome addition to our very strong editing team–David, Laurie, Jake, Kathy, Mary Lu and Winston–which has been stretched thin over the last couple of years as we do more and more for a paper and an online news site that have grown more and more complex. My gratitude and thanks go out to all of them for what they do every day for the Journal. They have very difficult jobs, and are stretched thin. With that in mind, and because Monica will be playing a particular role focused on projects and investigations, I’m also happy to let you all know that Matthew Rose, who has been among us for months now as a satellite page-one editor, will be joining the bureau as an editor, running a group of reporters. Matthew is, as you all know by now, an extremely talented editor and will be a great addition to the bureau. Few people on the staff are as adept at Matthew at shaping page-one copy, and I look forward to putting his skills to work for the bureau overall, and for his group of reporters in particular. We will be working out the precise date of Matthew’s transition to the bureau in the next week or two.
These changes will require some rewiring of the editing/reporting groups in the bureau, which I will be doing over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to let you all know what’s up, and to ask you in welcoming Monica and Matthew to the bureau. As for Nik, we will find a suitable way to say goodbye in the next few months.