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NYT Poaches Pulitzer Prize-Winning AP Reporter Matt Apuzzo

MattApuzzoAs is so often the case, Capital New York media reporter Joe Pompeo got the jump today on a major, simultaneous internal announcement by Associated Press and the New York Times. AP investigative star Matt Apuzzo – who, with Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley won a 2011 Pulitzer for exposing troublesome NYPD surveillance tactics – is leaving the wire service and will start at the paper in the new year.

Pompeo has embedded both announcements in full. We thought it would be fun to whittle these missives down to the nouns and adjectives principally used to describe this departing-arriving star:

AP memo: Whip-smart; intellectually aggressive; drive; discipline; good judgment; wisdom.

NYT memo: Gifted; natural collaborator.

Apuzzo will remain based in D.C., where he lives with his wife, an immigration lawyer, and their two young children. His beat will be the Justice Department, law and policy. Goldman left AP several months ago for the Washington Post. Pompeo dubs this a “huge loss” for AP and a “coup” for the Times. Right on both counts.

[Photo courtesy: pulitzer.org]

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