Former New Republic editor Franklin Foer is the latest writer added to editor Jeffrey Goldberg‘s collection of big-name post-election hires, a spree initiated in response to the election, as Goldberg explained to Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone.
But Goldberg said the election “lit a fire under” him to “quickly and definitively” build out the magazine’s stable.
“The Atlantic was created for moments for like this ― quite literally,” Goldberg said. “The Atlantic was created at a moment of intense fracturing.”
Goldberg said he’s been recently mining the archives of The Atlantic, which was founded in 1857, four years before the Civil War, by a group of American luminaries that included Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The magazine’s mission then, and now, he said, is to cover American politics, culture and literature.
Foer, who starts early in the new year, will write for the magazine, focusing on features and essays. He had been editor at The New Republic in two separate stints before resigning in 2014 in response to changes initiated by then owner Chris Hughes. Foer’s resignation inspired a large number of staff to follow suit, including Julia Ioffe, who will once again be a colleague of Foer’s.
Most recently, Foer had been contributing editor at Slate.