David Plotz, who has been with Slate since the site launched in 1996, is stepping aside. Plotz had served as Slate’s editor since 2008. In a note, Plotz said he’ll remain an editor-at-large and continue to contribute to Slate’s Political Gabfest.
“But today, after 18 of the happiest, most satisfying years any journalist could ever have, I am stepping down as Slate’s editor,” wrote Plotz. “I’m not leaving for any secret reason. Maybe it’s the rule of six: Mike [Kinsley] edited Slate for six years. Jacob [Weisberg] edited Slate for six years. I’ve been editing Slate for six years, and I’m ready to try something new.”
Julia Turner will succeed Plotz as Slate’s editor.