Foreign Policy Editor David Rothkopf announced today that senior security and foreign policy writer Yochi Dreazen has been named Deputy Editor of News for the magazine. Dreazen has been at FP since last August, and before that wrote for The Atlantic and National Journal. He also worked for the Wall Street Journal for eleven years, embedding with troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan before covering the Pentagon and State Department beats. In his new job, Dreazen will oversee an upcoming expansion of FP‘s team of global reporters.
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Seeing as Foreign Policy Magazine lost its Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser last week to Politico, the higher ups have to be feeling pleased that they have major announcements to share in a staff meeting today at 10 a.m.
This morning members of FP‘s staff are learning that the publication has hired a new editorial leadership team. In the coming weeks, the site will also get a facelift in the form of a “major redesign.” At the top of the leadership pack is Noah Shachtman of Wired‘s Danger Room. He’ll be Executive Editor of News.
Whether this is hype or not, the news comes across as energetic and positive in a morning release. Schactman will join FP’s Peter Scoblic and Ben Pauker in “key roles as the organization builds on the momentum gained through record-breaking readership numbers, an exploding digital presence, and nationally-recognized, award-winning coverage on the world’s leading global issues.”
Scoblic will will be Executive Editor, Analysis and Commentary, and responsible for Foreign Policy magazine and ForeignPolicy.com’s roster of columnists and essayists. Pauker has been promoted from Senior Editor to Managing Editor for the website and magazine. He’ll oversee contributors, foreign dispatches, and newsletters.
See the quote from Editor-at-Large David Rothkopf and more hires…
This week Susan Glasser, Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy Magazine for the past three years, dropped a bombshell on her staff and announced that she was leaving the publication for Politico, where she will head up a longform magazine-style writing department that will reportedly cost Publisher Robert Allbritton a good chunk of change. In recent weeks, FP has lost top writers like Josh Rogin to The Daily Beast and Kevin Baron to Atlantic‘s new Defense One. What’s more, the mag recently parted ways (amicably, we’re told) with Ed Diller, the publisher, as did the sales rep he brought over from the WSJ.
An FP source explained to FishbowlDC, “Ed was based on the West Coast, the other rep in NYC, and they were both extremely talented and good at their jobs. It just made sense for FP to redouble its efforts at its headquarters here in DC, and so that’s what happened. It certainly isn’t a reflection on their abilities and they both left the company on good terms.”
Sources tell us Rogin and Baron also left on good terms. “Baron is an excellent reporter – he was well-liked by his colleagues, he broke stories, worked his ass off, and did everything he was supposed to do. He may be able to provide more context regarding his departure. Rogin left to take the job at The Daily Beast. It was just a really good opportunity for him, and he’d done a lot here at FP.”
So how does FP CEO David Rothkopf feel about all the changes? Well, we asked him. And it turns out he had a hell of a lot to say.
It can be tough when an Editor-in-Chief leaves or it can be a bright spot, a sense of relief. What was your gut reaction when Susan Glasser told you she was leaving FP for Politico? I have a lot of respect for Susan and all she has accomplished not only at FP but also at the Washington Post. Her contributions to Foreign Policy—bringing it into the Internet Age, if you will—were enormous. But there are also creative cycles within organizations. Sometimes it can be helpful to hit the reset button, reevaluate and embark on the next period of change. This is a 44-year-old company that has gone through a number of such cycles and emerged stronger from each. That is what our intention is now. We have some big changes on the horizon—expanding coverage, new products, deepening the relationship with our readers in important ways—and so this can certainly be seen as a win-win moment. Good for Susan. And the beginning of new, great things for the FP community.
At least some of the staff appeared to be surprised by the news. Were they not given warning about it? This was handled just as it would be in any organization. Susan and I discussed for a couple of weeks. When we decided on what was going to happen we developed a plan to coordinate the messages from FP and Politico to ensure that this was seen as what it was, an amicable change that would begin important new eras at both publications. We then told top staff and made sure everyone in the organization was informed before the news broke publicly. We had a team meeting on Monday and the mood was just what you would hope for—appreciation for Susan and enthusiasm about the great opportunities that lie ahead.
Who will replace Glasser? Does Rothkopf know yet?
• NBC’s Meet the Press:
• CNN’s State of the Union: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
• CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: King Abdullah II of Jordan and John Yoo, author of “Crisis and Command”
• Washington Watch with Roland Martin: National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, National Urban League’s Patrick Gusman, Prime Movers Media founder Dorothy Gilliam, Frank Gilliam, dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs and professor of public policy and political science. Roundtable with former WaPo reporter Dorothy Gilliam, CBS’ Michelle Miller, and Danny Bakewell, Sr., publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and chairman of the National Newspapers Publishers Association.
• CNN’s Amanpour: former U.S. National Security Advisory Zbigniew Brzezinski, FP’s David Rothkopf, former Chinese foreign ministry official Victor Gao, former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council Victor Cha, former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castaneda, Consul General of Mexico in New York Ruben Beltran
We’ll update as we get ‘em.
In an email this morning, Foreign Policy’s Susan Glasser praised her staff for a solid year of growth since the relaunch of ForeignPolicy.com (5 times more traffic since last year). Glasser congratulated the FP team for “a record-breaking 5.8 million pageviews in December and more than 45 million page views for the year.”
The memo also addressed upcoming announcements like the launch of a new blog and a new deal to feature FP content on washingtonpost.com.
While many are dodging pink slips, it’s great to hear that some outlets are celebrating success. Congrats to FP!
Glasser’s full memo after the jump.