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After

Rocky Mountain News

photog Todd Heisler (pictured) won a Pulitzer Prize this year for his work on "

Final Salute

," a sprawling piece that also earned a Pulitzer for reporter Jim Sheeler, there was no doubt that other publications would look to hire him. The only question, then, involved whether or not he would be receptive to their entreaties. Turns out the answer is "yes." As noted on Jim Romenesko's indispensable media-news

page

, Heisler has taken a position at a little ol' paper called the

New York Times

.

An October 27 e-mail in which Rocky editor/publisher/president John Temple informed his staff about this development is brief and to the point. "In his five years here Todd has done a range of extraordinary work," Temple wrote. "We will miss him." Readers here will, too -- but untold thousands more across the country will now have an opportunity to enjoy the work of a photog as talented as any who's worked in this town. -- Michael Roberts

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