Mark Leibovich is joining The New York Times Magazine as chief national correspondent. Leibovich has been a political reporter for the Times, most recently covering the Republican primaries. Leibovich will also contribute to the paper’s Style section.
Below is the memo announcing the move from Hugo Lindgren, editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine.
I am thrilled that Mark Leibovich is joining the magazine as Chief National Correspondent. I’ve loved the stories he’s been writing for The Times (such as his recent piece on Joe Biden) and have been clamoring to get him into our pages. It was a cruel twist of fate that Mark went on book leave shortly after I took over as editor of the magazine, although I was lucky enough to accept the National Magazine Award he won for his profile of Politico’s Mike Allen. There will be more like that coming soon. His style is so naturally suited to what we do. He understands exactly how the culture of Washington interacts with the culture of the whole country. As we head into the home-stretch of the presidential race, he’ll be covering politics and the campaign, alongside Matt Bai and Robert Draper. He will also venture into other areas such as media, pop culture and sports. Mark’s expertise, excitement and vitality will be a major presence at the magazine going forward.
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