12:52 pm Apr. 26, 2012
Ariel Kaminer is leaving her post as The New York Times Magazine's "Ethicist" columnist to return to a job writing features for the Times' metro desk.
Kaminer had shifted over to the magazine in early 2011, not long after Hugo Lindgren was named editor-in-chief. She replaced previous Ethicist Randy Cohen, who was let go in a move that rankled many longtime readers.
Her final Ethicist column will run in the April 29 issue. The column will feature a "guest" Ethicist until a replacement is named.
The memo from Lindgren is below:
In two week's time, I am sad to say, we officially lose our Ethicist. Ariel Kaminer is returning full-time to the Metro desk as a features writer. We knew this day was coming, but I managed to put it off for as long as I could. Read more in this note from Hugo Lindgren.
Ariel took on a tough assignment when she agreed to be the new Ethicist. As we all know, many of our readers don't exactly greet change with open arms. But with her fresh, distinctive voice, Ariel breathed life into the column. Her counsel was elegant, well-reasoned and forceful. She also wrote a lively profile of Jennifer Westfeldt and made major contributions to our ideas meetings. Most impressively, she is going out with a bang. While her official goodbye column closed this week and will run in the April 29th issue, she will unveil the results of her overwhelmingly popular 'ethics of meat eating' writing competition (which set a new impossibly high standard in reader-engagement projects) in the May 6 issue and then will close the cover story for the May 13 issue. That story could well be one of the biggest of the year for us.
I owe Ariel a huge debt of gratitude for all this.
There will be festivities in her honor on Friday, May 4.
Also: The Ethicist column will continue. For about a month or so, we will have a new guest Ethicist each week and then we'll install a replacement.
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