1:06 pm Nov. 14, 2012
'New York' has roped in freelancer-about-town Andrew Rice, who joined the magazine as a contributing editor—the title given to its more-or-less-full-time contract writers—on Nov. 1.
His editor is David Haskell, who's shepherded an array of high-profile stories for the magazine, such as the heart-wrenching saga of "Travis the Menace."
The pair will be working together on pieces focusing on Rice's areas of expertise—"business broadly and real estate in particular," Rice told Capital, adding: "As a reporter, I've always resisted being confined to a single beat, and I like to venture outside my familiar areas of interest. I think they're going to exploit that instinct by throwing me at stories that require a lot of reporting before they can be turned into compelling narratives, which is both exciting and intimidating to me."
(Disclosure: From last November until a few weeks ago, Rice used the Capital offices, where his desk was approximately five feet to the left of mine, as a home base for his freelance work. We miss him already!)
Earlier in his career, Rice was a reporter at The New York Observer and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Until October, he was on contract at The New York Times Magazine, for which he'd been writing since 2005. His most recent piece for the Times Magazine was a Sept. 16 cover story about the firing and rehiring of University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan. He also recently wrote a series of articles on a controversial Brooklyn homeless-shelter project for Capital.
Rice has already hit the ground running at 'New York," which he's freelanced for in the past—he contributed an item to the magazine's ambitious post-Sandy package two weeks ago.
"I think the 'City and the Storm' issue displayed all the things that are great about the magazine: smart design, great writing, its understanding of New York and its agility in responding to the news," he said. "I can't think of a more reaffirming way to start off there."
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