Mortimer Zuckerman, editor-in-chief of U.S.News & World Report, announced today the appointment of Brian Kelly as editor. Kelly, the magazine’s executive editor since 2003, will succeed Brian Duffy, who resigned last month to pursue writing projects.
“Brian Kelly is uniquely qualified to lead U.S. News in the competitive environment of this digital age,” said Mr. Zuckerman. “He knows the publication inside and out, having been a key member of its senior management since 2003. And he has been instrumental in integrating our print and online products and in expanding our News You Can Use features, both online and off.”
As the second-ranking editorial manager of U.S. News, Kelly, 52, not only has played a key role in the weekly magazine’s production, but also has overseen its website, USNew.com; U.S. News’s signature annual education reports, America’s Best Colleges and America’s Best Graduate Schools; and a series of new business ventures. He came to the magazine in 1998 as assistant managing editor, supervising domestic news and political coverage.
Prior to joining U.S. News, Kelly spent six years at The Washington Post, as congressional editor for coverage of Capitol Hill and political campaigns, and before that, as deputy editor of the Post’s Sunday opinion section, “Outlook.” From 1985 to 1992, he was the editor of Regardie’s, a monthly magazine covering business and politics in the Washington, DC, region.
Kelly is co-author of the recently published The Last Forest (Random House, 2007), which is a sequel to Amazon (1985), a look at the economic and cultural forces behind the clearing of the Amazon rainforest. In addition, he wrote Adventures in Porkland: How Washington Wastes Your Money and Why They Won’t Stop (1993), a study of pork barrel politics on Capitol Hill, and co-authored The Four Little Dragons (1999), an exploration of the developing economies of Asia. Kelly holds a bachelor’s in economics from Georgetown University.