Sarah Cohen to join New York Times

Pulitzer-winning journalist Sarah Cohen, who left the Washington Post to join Duke’s faculty in 2009, is now headed to the New York Times. Here’s the memo that was sent to Times staffers today:

She Brings Gigabytes of Talent
>We’re thrilled to announce that Sarah Cohen, one of the nation’s most talented computer-assisted reporters, will be joining our staff on Aug. 1. Read more in this note from Glenn Kramon:

Sarah Cohen

Sarah, who most recently has been teaching her craft at Duke, spent a decade at The Washington Post, where she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer for exposing the failures of the District of Columbia’s child protective systems. She was also a Pulitzer finalist for a Post series on waste in farm subsidy programs. Before that, as training director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, she taught reporters computer-assisted techniques. Earlier she reported on economics and health care for the St. Pete Times and Tampa Tribune. She has even been an economist, at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Sarah comes highly recommended by … about half the newsroom, with rave reviews from everyone in our CAR cluster, and from Aron Pilhofer, Jo Becker and former colleagues at other organizations. Several people threatened to kill us unless we hired her.

We hope Sarah’s great instincts and experience will help further integrate our CAR unit in the newsroom, on stories on the news and on our biggest enterprise projects.


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