The New Republic Adds Mindy Kay Bricker as Digital Director, and More Hires

Plus Christian Lorentzen and Rachel Syme get columns

The New Republic announced four editorial and writer hires today, while signing on two new columnists for the magazine. Details below.

  • Mindy Kay Bricker has been named digital director. She is joining TNR May 1 from Foreign Policy, where she has been executive editor, print. Before joining FP, she was editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and an online managing editor at World Affairs before that. She also worked as a freelance writer based out of Prague, doing the usual freelance things like helping launch Marie Claire Czech Republic. “I’m thrilled that Mindy is bringing her wealth of talent and experience to our digital operation,” said editor Eric Bates in a statement.
  • Clio Chang, who has been a reporter-researcher at the New Republic, is upped to a permanent role as a writer covering domestic politics and policy. She was previously a policy associate at The Century Foundation.
  • While Emily Atkin’s debut as a writer covering climate change and environmental policy is part of the announcement, she is already working out of the Washington bureau, having joined in February. She was previously a multimedia journalist at Sinclair Broadcast Group, and before then served in writing and editing roles at ThinkProgress, covering climate and politics.
  • Moira Donegan is named assistant editor for cultural coverage. Donegan has written for a number of publications, including the London Review of Books, The New Yorker and TNR. She was previously an associate editor at n+1.

In addition to the new staffers, TNR also names Christian Lorentzen and Rachel Syme columnists. Lorentzen, a book critic at New York Magazine, will write a monthly magazine column on film. Syme, a contributor to a number of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times and Elle, will write a column on TV. “It’s exciting to have two such incisive, original writers explore film and TV for us in every issue,” said New Republic literary editor Laura Marsh in a statement. “Rachel and Christian follow in the magazine’s long tradition of sharp, distinctive criticism, from the pioneering film reviews of Otis Ferguson in the 1930s through the contributions of Pauline Kael and the great Stanley Kauffmann.”