WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 8, 2010 – The New Republic announced today that Richard Just has been promoted to editor. Franklin Foer, editor since 2006, has been named editor-at-large. Richard Just joined The New Republic in 2004 as online editor. Since then, he has directed editorial across platforms, also serving as deputy editor, managing editor, and most recently, executive editor. Before joining TNR, he was editor of The American Prospect Online and a writing fellow at The American Prospect.
“It goes without saying that it’s an honor to be at the helm of TNR, which I was devoted to as a reader long before I ever worked here,” said Just. “I want TNR to be the place that proves that the best attributes of magazine journalism—long-form narrative and argument, brilliant cultural criticism, and passionate and informed crusading—can flourish in the new age of journalism, and reach far more readers than ever before.”
Laurence Grafstein, chairman of The New Republic Advisory Board, said, “Richard has been essential to TNR’s editorial accomplishments and recent overall success. The board is especially enthusiastic about his vision for the company and his ability to manage and develop the magazine’s core editorial operations. Frank will retain a key role, and the board is enormously grateful for the unparalleled leadership and journalistic excellence he has provided TNR for the last five years. Frank has shepherded the magazine and website through conditions of turbulence in all corners of the media industry and put the institution in as strong a position as ever.”
Foer will remain at the center of TNR’s editorial operations, covering politics and the 2012 elections for The New Republic’s print and online properties, and will be working on a narrative history of the birth of American liberalism. It will be published by HarperCollins in 2013.
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Foer was named editor of The New Republic in February 2006. He led the magazine’s 2007 transition to a bi-weekly publication and its bold recommitment to long-form journalism. He also spearheaded the re-launch of TNR.com, including the blogs of Jonathan Chait and Jonathan Cohn. The website now reaches one million unique readers each month.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the brilliant job Frank has done running the magazine over the past five years,” said Editor-in-Chief Martin Peretz. “The magazine today is far better than when he became editor, and that’s a testament to his outstanding leadership. Going forward, I’m confident in Richard’s ability to build on this success and ensure that TNR continues to be the country’s smartest magazine.”
> Update: The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz first broke the news earlier today on Twitter before the release was sent out. “Exclusive. New Republic shakeup: Frank Foer will be leaving as editor; executive editor Richard Just moves up to succeed him. Foer out: His worst moment as New Republic editor was running unproven allegations from soldier in Iraq and waiting months to retract them.”