Beginning this March, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller will author his own column in the Sunday New York Times Magazine. Keller’s articles will be placed in the front of each issue and were the idea of new editor Hugo Lindgren. Lindgren discussed how he how he decided to ask Keller to write for his magazine:
I was talking with some of my colleagues, and we were like, ‘How do we make this a destination page in the magazine — something people will feel like they have to read?’ And, ‘Who’s a writer that can occupy this space for more than half the time, so it sort of feels like someone is there most of the time?’ And someone said, ‘Bill Keller,’ and I was like, ‘Ha ha ha. He could never do it.
Lindgren and Keller agreed that the new article will open each edition’s “The Way We Live Now” section. Keller’s columns will be around 1,500 words long and will run in two to three issues per month. Keller has yet to determine what he will write about yet, however he shouldn’t be too rusty after publishing his recent piece on the Times’s relationship with Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Earlier in his career, Keller served as a senior writer under former NYT Magazine editor Adam Moss.