[UPDATED] Colorado Springs Gazette loses Pulitzer-winner Dave Philipps to New York Times

Dave Philipps

Dave Philipps

Dave Philipps, who won the national reporting Pulitzer Prize in April for his “Other Than Honorable” series, is leaving the Colorado Springs Gazette to cover military and veterans affairs for the New York Times.

Philipps, 36, has been with the Gazette since 2003.

“I know this sounds sappy,” he tells the Colorado Springs Independent, “but I’m really sad to leave my home town and the Gazette. But it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Editor Joe Hight tells Romenesko readers: “We are excited The New York Times sought a reporter from a newsroom of our size, thus showing the quality of the staff members that we have here in Colorado Springs.”

The managing editor’s memo to Gazette staffers:

From: Joanna Bean
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2014 9:40 AM
To: CS Newsroom
Subject: Dave’s going to the NYT

Dave Philipps, after starting at The Gazette in 2002 as an intern and is now our investigative reporter, will leave this summer to work as a reporter at The New York Times in New York. His departure date is still to be determined, as are farewell festivities. Dave is out of the office until Thursday this week. Please join me in congratulating him on this exciting move.

Also, please let me know if you have any interest or know of any potential candidates for this and other reporting positions.


* Dave Philipps head to the New York Times (csindy.com)
* Dave Philipps and the Gazette win a Pulitzer | Finalist in 2010 (gazette.com)