Emily Bazelon leaves Slate for Times Magazine

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Emily Bazelon. (Comedy Central)
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Emily Bazelon is leaving her long-held position as a senior editor at Slate to become a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, where she has been a contributing writer since 2007.

Bazelon is the latest in a series of appointments made by Jake Silverstein since the former Texas Monthly editor-in-chief took over as editor of the Times Magazine in May. Several weeks ago, the Times announced that star opinion-page writer Maureen Dowd would be joining his staff. Other new recruits and promotions include deputy editor Bill Wasik, formerly of Wired, and design director Gail Bichler, who was bumped up to the top creative slot on August 19.

The magazine also has been given its own publisher, Andy Wright, a 17-year Times veteran whose primary task will be to bring in more ad pages, which were down four percent in 2013, according to internal figures.

Silverstein, meanwhile, is embarking on a major redesign of the Times Magazine scheduled to debut early next year, though details are so far being kept close to the vest.

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Bazelon, a prolific freelancer and graduate of Yale Law School, is the author of this past Sunday's cover story on "The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion."

“Emily writes with engagement, roving intelligence, and deep knowledge," Silverstein said in a statement. "She has also proven to be nimble at navigating the many platforms of modern media."