Nicholas Nehamas is joining The New York Times


I’m delighted to announce that Nicholas Nehamas, a prize-winning investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, will be joining us as a campaign reporter and as the beat writer on the emerging candidacy of Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.

Nick and a Herald team won a Polk Award in February for their coverage of Mr. DeSantis’s migrant flights. In 2017, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Panama Papers, and he was named a Pulitzer finalist in 2019 for a Herald investigation into South American gold mining and the money laundering, street crime, environmental degradation, child exploitation and drug trafficking that it spawned.

Nick has played a leading role in some of Florida’s biggest stories, including the Parkland school shooting and the deadly collapse of the Florida International University bridge. He’s covered full-blown hurricanes and lesser tempests, like security breaches at Mar-a-Lago. His reporting helped lead to criminal charges against a Miami Beach city commissioner over a campaign-finance scandal and a federal prison sentence for a Hialeah police sergeant accused of sexual exploitation.

He has also co-authored two books with colleagues from the Herald: “The Grifter’s Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency”; and “Dirty Gold: The Rise and Fall of an International Smuggling Ring,” which our own Ken Bensinger, in a blurb, praised as “studded with unforgettable characters and told with the brisk tension of a thriller.”

Nick, 34, grew up in Princeton, N.J., reading The Times every day — always starting with the sports section. He studied classics at Harvard and worked at a journalism start-up in Cambridge called Latitude News before graduating from Columbia Journalism School’s Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism in 2014. He was hired by the Miami Herald as an intern, then covered health care and real estate before joining the Herald’s investigations team.

Nick will start on April 17 and be based in Florida. Please welcome him aboard!


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