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February 16, 2012 10:55 am

Who is Jodi Rudoren? …Incoming NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief

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Incoming NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Jodi Ruderon. Photo: @ruderon via twitter.

Who is Jodi Rudoren?

Until February 14th she was the head of the Education bureau for The New York Times. Now, she is to become the  Jerusalem bureau chief for the New York Times.

Rudoren caused a recent twitter controversy, when she tweeted Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian activist who argues for Israel’s destruction.

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Jodi Rudoren (formerly Wilgoren), 41, wife to Gary Rudoren, a 51 year-old architect and playwright, is the mother of two four and a half year old twin boys, an active member of The Beth Elohim Synagogue in Park Slope and a fundamental fixture at The New York Times.

I asked her on the phone how she manages to take care of it all.

“I have a wonderful husband, we can handle it fine,” she said.

Rudoren grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and spent her summers at Camp Yavne in New Hampshire.

She earned her BA in History at Yale University in 1992 and since then she has embarked on a journalistic tour around the United States. As a reporter for both The New York and Los Angeles Times, Ruderon has covered issues related to immigration, education, the Columbine tragedy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in history, and the 2004 presidential campaign. For five years, she was The Times’ Chicago bureau chief and last April she became The New York Times’ education bureau chief.

It is now a matter of days until she moves to her new apartment in Jerusalem, along with her entire family.

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  • Dejordy

    Didn’t her husband and she combine their last names to make up their current one?

  • There is actually a very simple test that can determine whether someone is qualified to be a correspondent from the Middle East and particularly from Israel – have they read the Koran and hadith? Of course, this makes almost all foreign and even Israeli correspondents and journalist uniquely unqualified

    • Ah, but aren’t we told that ALL translations of the Quran are illegitimate?

    • jB Silver

      But reading the Koran would make them ‘Islamo-phobic’ or if not, they are brain-dead, since it would make any normal person ‘Islamo-phobic’…

  • Dan

    If you Google “Beth Elohim Synagogue Park Slope” you’ll find it’s an archetypal Reform Synagogue that fits right into the neighborhood: liberals and leftists who will vote for Obama again. Their rabbi Bachman spends a lot of time “connecting” with Muslim groups and he supported the establishment of a Muslim-centric charter school and backed the building of the Ground Zero mosque. It should not come as a surprise that the Times pulled this woman out of the muck and mire.

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