Since taking over the New York Times Magazine, Hugo Lindgren has made more moves than an unsupervised Lindsay Lohan in a jewelry store. Here’s the latest: Matt Bai, who was with the magazine since 2002, but left last year for news coverage, is returning as Chief Political Correspondent.
Although it happened before my arrival, I know that my colleagues at the magazine watched Matt leave to join the newspaper’s political team last year with mixed feelings. As the first national political columnist in the news pages of The New York Times, Matt wrote with intelligence, passion and style about the events of the day, and they loved being able to read him with much greater frequency. But they also missed his voice in the magazine, where he anchored the coverage of national politics for many years.
And so when I took over as editor, I invited Matt to come back to the magazine, and to my great relief, he accepted.