Shuffled shake-up at The Atlantic
It's a Cinderella story (well, if Cinderella started off at an Ivy League): Yoni Appelbaum once was just a Harvard lecturer who occasionally commented on The Atlantic's articles, and now he is their new politics editor. That's not the only change on the publication's masthead, either: Sophie Gilbert (top right) is now culture editor there, while David A. Graham and Spencer Kornhaber (clockwise below) have been promoted to to staff writers,
"For a century and a half, @TheAtlantic has been the leading exponent of the American idea - excited to carry that mission forward," tweets Appelbaum, who is currently listed as a correspondent there. "I'm sorry to leave my wonderful friends @HarvardHist_Lit, but thrilled to gain so many talented colleagues."
Currently wrapping up as The Atlantic's senior editor, Gilbert previously has focused on editing special reports and projects and writing frequently on entertainment and culture.
"I have a new job!" she tweets, adding, "So excited to have @YAppelbaum at the Watergate, and so thrilled @GrahamDavidA and @skornhaber are staff writers because they are the bomb. ... (Even if David insists on cutting his hair and Spencer insists on referring to England as 'Knifecrime Island')."
Finishing up as editor of the politics channel, Graham's beat as staff writer will be political and global news.
"I am extremely excited to be handing the reins of @TheAtlanticPOL over to @YAppelbaum. You should be excited about it too!" he tweets. "I, on the other hand, am excited to be edited by the wonderful @sophieGG, who says she'll enable my jazz-writing habit."
Meanwhile, music and film editor Kornhaber next will focus on pop culture and music as a staff writer.
"What's terrifying is that @GrahamDavidA was always an amazing editor, but now I have to try to keep pace with him as a writer, too," he tweets, although it appears to be a deliberate copy of what Graham tweeted first.
"FOH, I don't think I've ever edited you," Graham protests.
"You have, verbally, just about every day," Kornhaber responds, to which Graham replies, "touche."
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