When news of the pay raise and promotion package that World Bank employee Shaha Ali Riza received from World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz went public, one thing was certain: Riza and her relationship with Wolfowitz would be the center of attention. Surprisingly uncertain was how the press would describe her. Here are just a few of the myriad media titles for Riza:
Washington Post-- "girlfriend"
New York Times-- "companion"
Baltimore Sun-- "longtime romantic partner"
Financial Times, London-- "a bank official with whom [Wolfowitz] was romantically involved"
Irish Times-- "partner"
USA Today-- "longtime companion"
Star-Ledger, Newark-- "a bank employee [Wolfowitz] has dated"
The Business Times Singapore-- "romantic companion"
San Diego Union-Tribune-- "a World Bank employee with whom Wolfowitz has acknowledged a close personal relationship"