Ryan was named political editor in May of this year. She previously served as the paper’s metro editor.
We reached out to the Times for comment and further information. We’ll update when we hear back.
Update (12:55 pm):
Jill Abramson sent out a memo explaining the changes. Leonhardt will now oversee a new vertical that will focus on the intersection of data and news (read: a new FiveThirtyEight). Also, the Times is launching a “tip sheet” startup for fans of Washington. Carl Hulse will be managing it. See below for Abramson’s full note.