Schreiber was most recently the blogger for the Times’ Bats blog and a managing editor of the paper’s sports section. Dolnick has been with the Times since 2009. He was most recently a Metro reporter.
In a memo announcing the changes, Jason Stallman, the Times’ sports editor, wrote, “Jay and Sam: a powerhouse duo. I’m absolutely thrilled to have them leading the Sports desk.”
Stallman’s full note is below.
Everyone knows Jay, right? Dean of the Sports desk. Headline writer extraordinaire. Unyielding competitor on the most important beats in sports journalism. He keeps the Yankees and the Knicks honest, he keeps the competition envious with imaginative stories and he keeps us out in front with scoops on athletes who dope. And with his midlife conversion to soccer, Jay has helped make our report a formidable presence on the global stage, a critical move that he will keep pushing toward world domination.
If you don’t know Jay, a lifelong masochistic Mets fan, come say hello. He can tell you about his plans for the tavern. (Full name: The Loser’s Circle: Where Everybody Knows You’re to Blame.)
Sam’s the guy who picked up a Polk Award a few hours ago for his devastating exploration of halfway houses in New Jersey. He’s also the guy who has a bookshelf full of biographies of history’s most deranged creatures, like Pol Pot and Ida Amin. That’s useful knowledge in the sports arena.
Here’s what Cliff Levy, who worked with him on those halfway house stories, says about Sam:
“Sam is known for his luminous writing and easygoing charm. (Sometimes, he puts his feet up on his desk and leans so far back in his chair that he looks like he’s waiting for someone to deliver a piña colada.)”
“But over the last year, he carried out such a reign of terror in Trenton that Gov. Chris Christie’s chief spokesman issued a directive to state agencies: ‘Do not take any phone calls from Dolnick.’ Then Christie himself brought a news conference to a halt with a tirade about Sam. But all Christie could muster to defend himself was, ‘Things are going to happen.’”
Well, we know that when Sam is involved, great journalism is going to happen.
Jay and Sam: a powerhouse duo. I’m absolutely thrilled to have them leading the Sports desk.