Women’s Wear Daily is reporting that Time reporter Matt Cooper is leaving the general interest magazine for a job at new business glossy Conde Nast Portfolio, while Fortune star Bethany McLean has turned down offers from both Portfolio and the New York Times.
WWD reporter Sara James wrote, “Cooper was the Time reporter caught up in the investigation into the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame last year, along with The New York Times’ Judith Miller. He has been with Time magazine since 1999.
“A spokeswoman for Portfolio could not be reached this morning, but a release is expected later in the day.”
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James also wrote, “Fortune managing editor Eric Pooley is still recovering from losing senior writer Katrina Brooker to Portfolio last week, but he has narrowly avoided a potentially more damaging loss to his masthead. Bethany McLean, the star editor at large who was the first reporter at a national publication to raise doubts about Enron and later co-wrote a book about the scandal, ‘The Smartest Guys in the Room,’ has turned down offers from Portfolio and The New York Times business desk, and accepted a counter offer from Fortune on Wednesday.”