The Atlantic has named Yoni Appelbaum as its new politics editor, as well as Sophie Gilbert as its new culture editor.
“Yoni and Sophie are ideal people to have leading our coverage in these areas: They’re super-smart; they have rich knowledge, creative instincts, and distinctive voices; and they’re just really good people,” announced J.J. Gould, editor of TheAtlantic.com.
Appelbaum, a social and cultural historian with a Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis, will join The Atlantic from Harvard where he lectured in history and literature. He was a frequent commentator on their site, in particular, to posts by The Atlantic‘s national correspondent, Ta-Nehisi Coates. The comments apparently caught Coates’s eye, as he and the other editors invited Appelbaum on board as a contributing writer.
Gilbert, who moved to the States from London back in 2007, has been with The Atlantic since May as a senior editor — editing reports and writing on entertainment and culture. Gilbert earned her M.A in magazine journalism at New York University and previously worked at the Washingtonian as the arts editor, writing features and managing the magazine’s website and cultural coverage. She has also written for The Washington Post, The New Republic and Slate.
Gould also announced the promotions of David A. Graham and Spencer Kornhaber to staff writer roles: “David and Spencer — huge talents who’ve been invaluable to the site for years and are now moving into writing roles they were built for — were both heavily involved in their selection, which is further reason to feel great about them.”
Good luck to all from FishbowlDC!