The Atlantic Adds 2

Sigal Samuel joins as religion editor, Gene Sperling as contributing editor

The Atlantic adds two to its ranks in as many days.

Yesterday, the publication announced the hire of Sigal Samuel as an associate editor covering global religion. Samuel’s hire is part of a plan The Atlantic announced in July to expand its coverage of religion in an international context, bolstered by a two-year, $490,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. With the grant came the intention to add two new positions dedicated to covering religion. “Sigal is experienced in covering this ground, most recently as an editor at The Forward, where she developed a track record of connecting the work of thoughtful writers from a diverse range of perspectives to broad audiences,” wrote TheAtlantic.com editor J.J. Gould in a note to staff.

Gene Sperling joins the publication as a contributing editor, and his first piece for the publication, Will GDP and Unemployment Numbers Be Politicized Under Trump?, is out today. In it, Sperling, who had been the former director of the National Economic Council under both President Obama and President Clinton, as well as chief economic advisor for the Hillary Clinton campaign, describes the politicization of the Bureau of Labor Statistics under President Nixon and the prospects of similar action under President Trump.