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Columnist Bob Herbert Is Leaving The New York Times After Almost 20 Years

After nearly 20 years with the New York Times, columnist Bob Herbert has resigned, editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal announced in a staff memo Friday. His last column will appear in the paper on Saturday.

“He was often called ‘the conscience of The Times,’” Rosenthal wrote. “We will miss him and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

In a message accompanying the announcement, Herbert explained his decision:

The deadlines and demands were a useful discipline, but for some time now I have grown eager to move beyond the constriction of the column format, with its rigid 800-word limit, in favor of broader and more versatile efforts.

It may be difficult to imagine the Times Op-Ed page without Herbert’s voice, and Rosenthal said it was too soon to know who might replace Herbert, and whether it would be one person or possibly more.

This is only the latest in a series of shakeups at the Times Op-Ed page, including Frank Rich, who left earlier this month for New York magazine, David Shipley, who left for Bloomberg’s new opinion venture, and editor Mark Lotto, who is leaving for GQ.

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