Bride & Groom MOM Subscribe

Find Local

Capital Comment Blog > Post Watch

The Case of the Double Byline

When Washington Post editors asked reporter Jo Becker to look into how Vice President Dick Cheney exercised his secret power, much of it beyond public view, they figured she’d be a Postie for the long run. They paired her with investigative reporter Bart Gellman. The two produced a series that unveiled Cheney’s behind-the-scenes role as perhaps the most influential vice president in history.

But between reporting the series over the past year and seeing it published in June, Becker jumped to the New York Times, where she joined her husband, Serge Kovaleski, who made the switch last year. Becker finished the story and left the Post at the end of May. It took the Post a month to publish the story.

Becker’s byline appeared on the front page of both the Post and the Times on June 25, making her perhaps the first reporter to accomplish such a feat.

But what happens if the Post’s Cheney series wins a Pulitzer? Talk about an awkward moment. Will the Post fly her in for the blessed moment? Will she explain why talented reporters keep going off to other papers?

This piece originally appeared in the August 2007 edition of the magazine.

Read Next

Vince Opening at CityCenterDC

blog comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular on Washingtonian

The Union Market Housing Boom Is About to Explode

Did the Nationals Dump Chuck Brown?

The Great Washington Bucket List: 50 Things Every Local Needs to Do

Peek Inside a Historic Kalorama Condo Listed for Under $435,000

12 New Restaurants to Try Now

Watch Foo Fighters' Homage to Jim Vance

These are Washington's Most Endangered Historic Sites

7 Awesome Things You'll Find at the Georgetown French Market This Weekend

The Best and Worst Sandwiches to Order at Jimmy John's