September 13, 2011, 2:44 pm
Times Names Sam Sifton Next National Editor
By NICK FOX
Our restaurant critic is moving to a bigger table. Let’s let our new executive editor, Jill Abramson tell you all about it, in the memo she sent to the staff of The New York Times a few minutes ago:
Sam Sifton will be our new National editor. From his star runs at Dining and Culture, we all know that Sam is a superb editor who brings infectious energy and a host of original ideas, digital and print, to everything he touches. Correspondents and critics adore him. So who better to fill the shoes of Rick Berke? Sam’s background here isn’t hard news, but we all saw the newsiness and urgency he brought to the Culture report. He takes over a superb desk that flawlessly handles the fastest-breaking and challenging news stories. This will be very sad news to his devoted fans as our brilliant dining critic, but Sam, a lover of regional food, looks forward to dining adventures with the National correspondents. It will be thrilling to watch him apply his editing and writing talents to the National report.
Sam took over the restaurant critic’s post two years ago after Frank Bruni moved on to leaner pastures.”