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Adam Nagourney Following Up On Gay Talese

June 30, 2016

There is some interesting and rather exciting news for readers and followers of The New York Times.

Adam Nagourney, L.A. bureau chief since September 2010, and one of my favorite reporters for the Times, will go on leave for a year in summer 2018 to write a contemporary history of The New York Times, in the spirit of Gay Taleses’ The Kingdom and the Power — Behind the Scenes at The New York Times: The Institution That Influences the World from 1969.

Nagourney has called that work “the book which got me into this business in the first place”.  That book sits on a top shelf that overlooks my desk where I blog.   Next to Taleses’ book is Walter Cronkite’s A Reporter’s Life—if anyone cares to know.

In 1996 Nagourney stated with the Times as chief political reporter in 2002.  The yet-to-be written book will begin with Abe Rosenthal, picking up roughly where Gay Talese left off, and end with Jill Abramson’s tenure.

Nagourney is co-author with Dudley Clendinen of Out For Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America.

I am eager to read it.

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