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The New York Times Has Lost a Lot of Big Names This Year

Pedestrians pass in front of the New York Times Co. building in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. New York Times Co., publisher of the namesake newspaper, said more than 100,000 people signed up for new digital subscriptions, a sign online revenue may help offset a decline in print advertising and circulation. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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With the news this morning of two star reporters leaving the New York Times, it can’t help but feel like a mini-exodus is taking place. (In addition to Brian Stelter and Matt Bai, New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren is reportedly on his way out, and it’s only Tuesday.)

Once upon a time, a job at the Times was like a life appointment, and leaving the comforts of the tower was considered absurd. But, perhaps owing to a combination of staff cutbacks, changes in management, and ever-increasing numbers of new-media companies with money to throw around, both on the web and in television, the Paper of Record’s brand-name employees are more in play than they’ve ever been.

Since voluntary buyouts at the start of 2013, which stripped the Times of some institutional wisdom — the departed included editors John Geddes, Jonathan Landman, Jim Roberts, Joe Sexton, and more — more than a dozen other big names have moved on. Below, a list; let us know if we missed anyone.

-Political reporter Jeff Zeleny (ABC News)

-National reporter Susan Saulny (ABC News)

-Nation deputy editor Lisa Tozzi (Buzzfeed)

- Real-estate reporter Alexei Barrionuevo (documentary project)

- Stats guru Nate Silver (ESPN)

- “Styles” reporter Eric Wilson (InStyle)

- Tech writer David Pogue (Yahoo)

- NBA reporter Howard Beck (Bleacher Report)

- NFL reporter Judy Battista (NFL Network)

- Senior editor Rick Berke (Politico)

- New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren (TBD)

- Media reporter Brian Stelter (CNN)

-New York Times Magazine political writer Matt Bai (Yahoo News)

Big Name New York Times Exits