Colleagues on NY Times’ Sulzberger: ‘It’s amazing how good he is’

Politico writes that colleagues are bullish on young A.G. Sulzberger’s prospects as a Timesman. Of course, the progeny of publisher Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger has been at the paper since 2009, and was elevated to Kansas City bureau chief in 2010. (If his dad is Pinch and his grandfather is Punch, does that make him Punk?)

Politico’s Dylan Byers reports that Punk’s swift rise from reporter to bureau chief to the Times’ metro editing desk is “as no surprise to those who expected that he would rise fast through the ranks, given that he might one day run the place. His father, who also started as a reporter at the paper, was promoted to the Metro desk in 1981 before joining the publishing side.”

Says one of Sulzberger’s colleagues,

Editors in the building gush about how good he is, how he had a lot of smart A1 stories in the last year, how he’s actually really f**king nice and has great story radar…. I think the newsroom wants him to be well prepared for his future.

I’ve heard that Sulzberger is a nice guy, and is uneasy with the spotlight. Even after he was lambasted locally for dissing vegetarian options in the Midwest, he had a friendly exchange with my former colleague Sarah Henning, who wrote a counterpoint to his story. Best of luck, Punk.


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