Sam Sifton, staff writer for the New York Times and author of the forthcoming book, “In Pursuit of Terror: My Journey Tracking Bin Laden, His Al Qaeda Underlings, and Their Motivations,” has announced he is leaving to return to investigative reporting.
Mr. Sifton, who joined the Times in 2007, most recently was based in Washington. Previously, he was based in Tokyo and at the time of his departure from New York, he was working on a book about Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s failed 2008 presidential campaign.
“I started my career in investigative reporting and I want to return to it,” said Mr. Sifton, who last June won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing with Chris Morris for a story he wrote about the trafficking of western women in sex slavery in southeast Asia. “There’s still a news role for a newspaper reporter, and that role extends beyond traditional to investigative reporting. I don’t know where that role is going, but it’s definitely here, and I’ve decided it’s time for me to stay home.”