Weintraub, public affairs columnist at the Bee for 9 years, will write a political column for the new Bay Area edition of the New York Times.
Starting today, a "Bay Area Metro Report" will be added to NYT editions in the San Francisco area. Weintraub's column will run Sundays in the Bay Area NYT edition.
In an email, he told McClatchy Watch he also expects to regularly contribute pieces to the Bee on a freelance basis.
Weintraub's departure is a major loss for the Bee and Bee subscribers. He has a reputation as being libertarian, which gives him credibility with the Bee's center-right subscribers. Weintraub also has a grasp of the Internet, having started a blog at the Bee during the Gray Davis recall election.