The Atlantic has named a new editor-in-chief, bringing an end to an extensive search. Becoming only the 14th person to take the title since the magazine’s founding in 1857 is Jeffrey Goldberg.
Goldberg had been a correspondent for the company since 2007, The New York Times notes. The editor-in-chief position had been vacant since the end of April, when James Bennet exited to rejoin the New York Times as editorial page editor.
“David G. Bradley, the chairman of Atlantic Media, received nearly 500 recommendations for the position, and he and Bob Cohn, president of The Atlantic, considered several dozen candidates,” The Times reports.
In a memo to employees, Bradley wrote: “It is fair to say that, together, we met a great deal of the nation’s top editorial talent. But, at least for us, Jeff is something set apart.”
The Times adds: “Since joining The Atlantic nine years ago, Mr. Goldberg has written 11 cover stories, won numerous awards, and has become known for his coverage of foreign affairs. He shaped The Atlantic’s recent editorial endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, only the third presidential endorsement in the magazine’s nearly 160-year history. The endorsement, which was published last week, called Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, ‘the most ostentatiously unqualified major-party candidate in the 227-year history of the American presidency.’”