Charlie LeDuff to Leave ‘NY Times’

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By: E&P Staff

New York Times reporter Charlie LeDuff is leaving the newspaper to go on tour in support of his new book “Us Guys,” according to a staff memo from the paper’s national editor Suzanne Daley first posted on the Romenesko Web site.

LeDuff, who has been at the paper for 11 years, had been on paternity leave for the past few weeks, according to the memo. Daley gives a short recap of his career at the paper, through memories from other staffers:

“He came to The Times in 1996, writing cover stories for The City weekly on subjects like a cocaine addict trying to get straight and a gay couple, partners since 1947, growing old together.

“Jon Landman remembers him driving all night from Detroit to offer feeds and vignettes at the crash of Flight 587 on Long Island. Susan Edgerley remembers him racing, with Betsy Wade and Randy Kennedy, from the White House to City Hall to test the fastest mode of transportation between the two cities. Betsy took the shuttle. Randy took what was then the new Acela. Charlie drove. Together, they proved planes are faster than trains and cars are the slowest of all.”

LeDuff was part of a Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the “How Race is Lived in America” series.

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