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Journos (and the people that love them) headed to Sesto Senso last week to toast new U.S. News Editor Brian Kelly. Old pals and current friends (like Fox’s Major Garrett, Michael Barone, David Maraniss, Kelly’s old publisher Bill Regardie, USNWR Publisher Bill Holiber, and his Amazon book coauthor Mark London) stopped by.
Among the many USNewsers there were Paul Bedard and Kelly’s newly appointed managing editors, Margie Mannix, Ryan Thornburg and Tim Smart.
Kelly gave a little thank you chat but mostly left attendees to mingle over good red wine, pizza, cheese and other finger foods.
Earlier in the day, Kelly held his first full staff meeting since becoming the top editor. There, Kelly and Holiber described, what one source called, “a pretty decent plan to move the magazine a little more into our trademark ‘News U Can Use’ franchise: education, business, health and politics, of course.”
They suggested that the staff cutting, after five years, was at an end (but hasn’t that been said before?). They also said that their website was really starting to hit its stride, but the print folks will have to write more to fill that hole. They suggested that USNWR might soon see a big magazine promotion. And they said that the magazine is in its best financial shape in 10 years.
From Harry Jaffe:
U.S. News & World Report this week disbanded its “I Team,” which had been a key part of the newsweekly since the 1980s.
On Tuesday Mort Zuckerman’s weekly magazine offered buyouts to legal-affairs correspondent Chitra Ragavan, national-security reporter Linda Robinson, and investigative reporter David E. Kaplan, who writes the “Bad Guys” blog.
“We had to make the decision to scale back on some of our long-form journalism,” says U.S. News editor Brian Kelly. “Unfortunately, that meant we had to offer buyouts to some very talented people.”
From the release:
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.
From the release:
Mortimer Zuckerman, editor-in-chief of U.S.News & World Report, announced today that editor Brian Duffy is stepping down to complete a book and to pursue other long-format writing projects.
“It is with great regret but understanding that I have accepted Brian Duffy’s decision to leave to complete his book and pursue long-format writing projects,” said Mr. Zuckerman. “Brian has been a member of the U.S. News family for 16 years, serving as our extraordinary editor for the last six years, and he has made a major contribution both to U.S. News and to journalism in general. I thank him for all that he has done for U.S. News and wish him every success in the future.”
Brian Duffy first joined U.S. News in 1986 and stayed until 1996, when he left to manage investigative coverage on the national desk at The Washington Post. He subsequently joined The Wall Street Journal as its investigative editor, returning to U.S. News in August 1998 as executive editor and becoming editor in June 2001.
He has previously written a novel and co-authored four non-fiction books. He is currently working on a history of the espionage efforts of the Americans and the British during the Revolutionary War.
Brian Kelly, executive editor of U.S. News, will now manage all editorial functions of the publication.