Wednesday, June 05, 2002

Saw Frank Bruni on Fox News last night. From The New York Observer:

After ambling after ambler-in-chief George W. Bush, The New York Times’ Frank Bruni is headed to Rome. A former White House correspondent who’s worked for The New York Times Magazine since October 2001, the 37-year-old Mr. Bruni is set to become the Rome bureau chief, replacing the departing Melinda Henneberger, who quit to write a book.

Mr. Bruni, the author of the book Ambling Into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush, said his decision to cross the Atlantic was a difficult one. He said he loved working for Times Magazine editor Adam Moss, but felt if he was ever going to take on an assignment on the foreign desk, it would be now.

The Times’ deputy Washington bureau editor, John Broder, said that Mr. Bruni—who is both Italian and Catholic—is a good fit for the Rome job, which includes the Vatican beat. Mr. Bruni also co-authored a book in 1993 called A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse, and the Catholic Church.

Said Mr. Broder: "He’s uniquely qualified to cover this—the end of one papacy, the beginning of another one, the ongoing crisis in the church with priestly pedophilia."