The Weekly Standard adds Barton Swaim as opinion editor, a new position, while naming Adam Keiper to replace Philip Terzian as books and arts editor as Terzian moves to a senior editor role to focus full-time on writing.
As opinion editor, Swaim will be responsible for both print and digital-side editorials at The Weekly Standard. “Barton is one of the sharpest thinkers and finest writers in America today; in short, the perfect person to shape the magazine’s collective voice,” said editor in chief Stephen F. Hayes in a statement.
Swaim, a former speechwriter, had been a contributing columnist at The Washington Post since early last year. Swaim also has a column at The Wall Street Journal, on political books, that he will continue to write.
Keiper joins from The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society, a quarterly journal he had helped found. He had been editor there. He is also a fellow at conservative think tank the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor at National Affairs.
“Adam’s experience guiding one of America’s most interesting intellectual publications, along with his own thoughtfulness, energy, and curiosity, position him well to lead our efforts to broaden the magazine’s cultural coverage,” said Hayes.
The hires continue a push to expand the publication and its staff that began at the beginning of the year, one that has seen the additions of former Fox News editor at large and Newsweek correspondent Peter J. Boyer as national correspondent, former Wall Street Journal books editor Robert Messenger as executive editor, former Slate managing editor Rachael Larimore as managing editor for the digital site and former Charlotte Observer deputy business editor Tony Mecia as senior writer.