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Harper’s Magazine‘s Editor Steps Down

rosehodge.jpgHarper’s Magazine, the oldest general interest magazine in the U.S., has lost its editor.

The pub announced today that editor Roger D. Hodge was departing “to pursue other endeavors.” He will be replaced by managing editor Ellen Rosenbush (pictured left with Hodge), who will become acting editor of Harper’s starting on February 1.

Hodge had served as editor of the long-running magazine since 2006, and worked as deputy editor for two years prior to that. He started at Harper’s in 1996 as an intern. Rosenbush has worked for the title as managing editor since 1989, previously holding posts at Connoisseur magazine, GEO magazine and New Times Magazine.

Said Harper’s publisher John R. MacArthur:

“One of the most talented magazine editors in New York, Ellen has a wealth of experience and has worked with everyone from Tom Wolfe to Richard Rodriguez to Joyce Carol Oates; she will continue to draw the highest-profile writers in the country and uphold the quality of the journalism in the magazine.”

Update: Looks like there’s some speculation as to whether Hodge’s decision to leave was his own. The New York Times‘ Media Decoder blog, citing an anonymous source, claims Hodge was “dismissed” yesterday, although MacArthur told the paper, “It’s his choice, and it’s personal, and I just don’t want to go into it because it’s not something I can elaborate on.”

Full release after the jump


HARPER’S MAGAZINE NAMES ELLEN ROSENBUSH ACTING EDITOR; ROGER HODGE STEPS DOWN

New York, N.Y., January 26, 2010 — John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine, today announced that Ellen Rosenbush would become acting editor of the 160-year-old monthly. Roger D. Hodge is stepping down from his position as editor to pursue other endeavors. The changes are effective February 1.

“One of the most talented magazine editors in New York, Ellen has a wealth of experience and has worked with everyone from Tom Wolfe to Richard Rodriguez to Joyce Carol Oates; she will continue to draw the highest-profile writers in the country and uphold the quality of the journalism in the magazine,” MacArthur said. “We are deeply grateful for Roger’s stewardship over the past four years. He brought many welcome innovations to the magazine and website that helped expand the reach of Harper’s growing audience.”

Rosenbush has been managing editor of Harper’s since 1989. Previously she was managing editor at Connoisseur magazine from 1985 to 1988. From 1982 to 1984, she was copy chief at GEO Magazine, and in the mid-Seventies, Rosenbush was the copy chief at New Times Magazine. She graduated from Hood College.

Hodge was named editor in 2006. Previously, he served as deputy editor from 2004 until 2006. He joined the magazine’s acclaimed Readings section in 1997 and edited the section from 1999 to 2003. Hodge was first hired in 1996 as an intern. He graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and received a master’s degree in philosophy from The New School of Social Research.

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