HE’S NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE….: Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, son of The New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., is following the family playbook. The younger Sulzberger is leaving his reporting gig in Kansas City to become an editor on the Times’ metro desk. According to an internal memo, he will oversee local courts and borough reporters.

Sulzberger, 31, joined the Times three years ago after working as a reporter for The Oregonian. Once he joined the Times, he spent just over a year working for the City Room blog and covering courts in Brooklyn. In 2010, he was dispatched to Kansas City to reopen the paper’s bureau there.

Now, after his three-year run of reporting, Sulzberger is beginning his ascent at the paper in earnest. His father was a reporter for the Raleigh Times, the Associated Press and then the Times before being promoted to assistant metro editor in 1981. After that, he began working on the paper’s publishing side, and became publisher of the Times in 1992. Sulzberger Jr. is 60.

A memo sent out by the Times’ metro editor, Carolyn Ryan, quotes the paper’s national editor, Sam Sifton, gleefully pronouncing: “Arthur proved that opening a news bureau in Kansas City, Missouri, was not merely a good idea but a great one. He reveled in quirky, revealing stories (like an accounting of the last shop to process Kodachrome, or a profile of a man who, at 103, was the oldest still-serving federal judge in the country). But when big news came along, again and again he showed that there was no steadier hand on the desk.”

Ryan, for her part, said that Sulzberger “has a gift for spotting stories in hidden corners and bringing them to life on the page.”

He starts his new job in early April.

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