Breaking News: Journalist Joins WSJ As Top Wall Street Journal Special Correspondent

An esteemed New York Times reporter, who caught the eye of the head of the Federal Election Commission, has left the Gray Lady for a new daily gig.

Janet Elder, who became the FEC’s top congressional elections reporter in October 2004, and, according to the Times, “understands Washington, has her finger on the pulse of the Republican and Democratic parties and is in close contact with top administration and campaign officials,” will be joining The Wall Street Journal as a special correspondent covering Congress.

Elder had been at the Times since 1994, when she became the paper’s national political correspondent. She first covered Albany politics, then moved to Washington and eventually to the FEC. She covered the 2002 and 2004 races.

Currently, she is on leave from her job, as is her husband, who was helping with the Republican National Convention, an election season where the FEC is overseeing the transfers of unlimited spending by labor and other groups during the primaries.

Since taking over as the FEC’s chief correspondent last year, Elder says she has been “head over heels in love with the place.”

In a farewell e-mail sent to the staff Thursday afternoon, she said she wasn’t leaving just to cover Congress, but to “serve the people of this country.”

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