February 16, 2012 · 0 Comments
By Emilie Grunzweig:
After four years as the New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief, Ethan Bronner will be leaving his position, the newspaper announced Tuesday in a Twitter message. Bronner will be returning to the United States, where he will work as a legal affairs reporter for the Times.
Jodi Rudoren, who has been with the newspaper for more than 13 years and most recently served as education news editor, has been appointed to replace him at the Jerusalem bureau. Rudoren is a prior Chicago bureau chief of the Times and has also worked for the Los Angeles Times.
About two years ago Bronner’s employment in the New York Times Jerusalem bureau sparked controversy because of his son’s decision to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Critics questioned Bronner’s ability to report impartially about Israel and suggested that this was a potential conflict of interest.
Bronner received backing from the paper’s executive editor at the time, Bill Keller, but ombudsman Clark Hoyt, the paper’s liaison to its readership, recommended that he be reassigned.
In a recent e-mail to Dylan Byers, a blogger for the Politico website, Bronner denied that his departure from the Jerusalem bureau resulted from his son’s service in the IDF, saying: “[My son] left the Israeli army a year ago. And I have not been reassigned. I asked to return. It has been four years, my parents are in their nineties and I originally promised to stay only three years. Both my sons are there; my wife wants to return to her psychoanalytic practice. So we are coming home.”