Good get by Editor & Publisher‘s Joe Strupp: Pulitzer Prize-winning Middle East correspondent Anthony Shadid is making the familiar jump from the Washington Post to the New York Times, joining Peter Baker, Peter S. Goodman, David Segal, Mark Leibovich, Serge Kovaleski, Michael Powell, Jo Becker, Sharon Waxman, and others who escape me at the moment.
Shadid’s prize-winning work focused on the tumult in Iraq at the time of the March 2003 U.S. invasion and its aftermath. It was amazing stuff, and a great point of pride within the Post.
His official explanation to Strupp, as is usual in such cases, yields absolutely no insight into why he went from one huge sinking ship to another: “It was a difficult decision to move. I still have deep affection and admiration for the Post. My time there represents my favorite years in journalism, and Don Graham remains an inspiration to me. Nada [Shadid’s wife] and I just thought it was time to seek new challenges.”