Jacob Bernstein.

Jacob Bernstein.

Jacob Bernstein makes it official at 'Times' Styles desk

The New York Times' Styles section has added a new staff reporter to its bench.

Jacob Bernstein, who began moonlighting as a Styles freelancer a little over a year ago (as we first reported here), has been hired at the section full-time.

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Bernstein, son of Washington Post legend Carl Bernstein and the late author and screenwriter Nora Ephron, has already managed a rather prolific corpus for both the Thursday and Sunday editions of Styles. (Disclosure: I wrote two freelance pieces for the section earlier this year.)

An alumnus of The Daily Beast, W and Women's Wear Daily, he also recently wrote a high-profile essay about his mother for the Times' Sunday magazine.

You can read the full memo from Styles editor Stuart Emmrich below:

A New Reporter in Styles

"I'm pleased to announce that Jacob Bernstein is joining the Styles department as our newest staff reporter," writes Stuart Emmrich. "Prior to his arrival at The Times, Jacob was a senior reporter at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Other stops along his career path include W Magazine (where he was a feature writer), New York Magazine (contributing writer), WWD (media reporter), Talk magazine (contributing writer), New York Times Magazine (news clerk) and Rolling Stone (intern)."

"And, of course, he is very familiar to the readers of The New York Times, with 49 bylined pieces in the past 13 months. Among his most notable articles for Styles have been a 3,300-word profile of Anthony Marx, the embattled head of the New York Public Library, a piece on how pregnancy has been a financial boom for such Hollywood B-listers as Jessica Simpson and Tori Spelling, a look at Katie Holmes's press-savvy breakup with Tom Cruise, oral histories on Helen Gurley Brown and Donna Summer, and a sensitive portrayal of the life and death of the AIDS activist Spencer Cox. In addition, Jacob also launched the "What I Love" column for Real Estate, profiling such disparate characters as Ina Garten and Rufus Wainwright, as well as writing "How My Mother Planned to Outwork Death" for the Sunday Magazine, a moving piece that told the parallel stories of Nora Ephron and Mike McAlary, the subject of Nora's final play, "Lucky Guy."

Jacob is a graduate of Vassar College, where he majored in English.

He starts on Monday.

Stuart

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