Jim Rutenberg was named media columnist for The New York Times in January 2016.
He is also a contributor to The New York Times Magazine. Previously, Mr. Rutenberg was chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine (2014–2016). He served as the national political correspondent for The New York Times (2010–2014), co-leading The Times’s daily coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign. Before that, Mr. Rutenberg had been an investigative correspondent focused on presidential and national politics (2008–2010), a White House correspondent (2006–2008), City Hall bureau chief (2005–2006), a presidential campaign correspondent covering political media (2003–2004) and a business correspondent covering the media industries (2000–2003). Mr. Rutenberg came to The Times from The New York Observer in 2000. He was a staff reporter (1996–1999) and a stringer from 1994–1996 for the New York Daily News. He was also a general assignment reporter at the New York Post (1993–1994) and began his career as a reporting intern at the Manhattan Spirit in 1992. Mr. Rutenberg attended N.Y.U. from 1989–1993.