The news has been out for quite a while, but this morning the concrete result is available in black and white (see graphic): Ben Zimmer is now at the helm of the NYT's On Language. As you might expect, the title allows a bow to Safire (coiner of 'nattering nabobs of negativism'). There's also a new element as a regular part of the column:
Our new language columnist will answer one reader question every other week. Send your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.Hurrah.