Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley has confirmed that Atlantic co-president and editor in chief James Bennet will be leaving for The New York Times after a decade at The Atlantic.
“It is true that it took 100 interviews for me to find James Bennet. What I really found was not one in a hundred, but one in a million. James Bennet recovered The Atlantic. More personal, James Bennet recovered my ownership of The Atlantic,” wrote Bradley in a memo to staff.
The move to The New York Times, where he will take over for Andrew M. Rosenthal as editorial page director in May, is really a return for Bennet. He had worked at the Times in a number of roles, including as Jerusalem bureau chief and White House correspondent, before leaving for The Atlantic.
“I am delighted that James has agreed to return to The Times where he did so much exceptional work over 15 years. When we lost him to The Atlantic ten years ago, those of us who worked with him knew that he would usher in the resurgence of that great publication. He’s done that and more. We also knew, or at least hoped, that someday he would return,” said publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. in a statement.
Back at The Atlantic, Bob Cohn will remain as the publication’s sole president, and will now be responsible for both publishing and editorial. He, along with Bradley, will search for a new EIC.