11:02 am Jun. 19, 2012
It looks like Mark Leibovich's conversations with The New Republic didn't go very far: The veteran New York Times political reporter has accepted a new gig as chief national correspondent for the Sunday Times Magazine.
He will also become a frequent contributor to the paper's Sunday Styles section.
After he returned from book leave earlier this year, the Times had assigned Leibovich to covering the Republican field during the 2012 primaries.
As Women's Wear Daily reported several weeks ago, he was among a handful of high-profile reporters being scouted lately by The New Republic, which is expanding under new owner Chris Hughes in a bid to become "The New Yorker of D.C."
TNR has, however, managed to snag another byline from Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren's talent roster: Greg Veis, who is returning to TNR as executive editor under Franklin Foer, a role in which he "will be responsible for running a lot of the New Republic's strategic trajectory, including various redesign plans that are currently in the works," according to The Huffington Post.
The moves come amid other staff shuffling at the magazine, of which Lindgren became editor in 2010. Most recently, after Ariel Kaminer left her post writing the Ethicist column and headed back to metro, Lindgren replaced her with author Chuck Klosterman.
You can read Lindgren's announcement about Leibovich below:
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.
Mark will also be a frequent writer for Styles. This is from Stuart Emmrich:
Mark's wide range of interests and talents make him an ideal contributor for Styles. As a complement to his longer work for the magazine, Mark’s new role will allow him to turn his keenly observational eye on some of the more intriguing political characters during this campaign season (and beyond).
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