Politico is slowly but surely putting together its magazine team. Run by Susan Glasser and Blake Hounshell, both of whom recently arrived from Foreign Policy magazine, they’ve hired on Jason Zengerle from New York Magazine and GQ. Zengerle previously wrote for The New Republic.
In addition, Glenn Thrush, the White House reporter known for his feisty arguing on Twitter, is moving over to the magazine beat. If Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris gushed any more about him, his head even in his infamous fedora, might not fit through the door. He calls him “one of our most brilliant reporters and writers” and says the “move is a natural for Glenn, whose greatest strength may be his ability to understand the ways that human character animates Washington and its large political and policy debates. Glenn is as gifted as any writer I have known at bringing this to life in vivid ways, and we are extremely enthusiastic about his new assignment.”
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Susan and Blake are making terrific progress in their new project to expand POLITICO’s reach into ambitious enterprise journalism. There will be many more announcements before they get fully launched in the fall.
But today we are thrilled to announce three big-impact moves.
First, two exciting new hires: Jason Zengerle will join POLITICO as a senior staff writer, and Denise Kersten Wells as a senior editor. Jason and Denise come with experience in the first ranks of long form magazine journalism and big aspirations for the reporting and writing that the team will do together. More on both of them in a moment.
One of the fantastic things about Susan and Blake’s new project is the opportunity it will afford the talented people already within our newsroom to stretch new journalistic muscles.
Our first example of this will be Glenn Thrush, one of our most brilliant reporters and writers, who will join the new magazine-style venture as a senior staff writer. This move is a natural for Glenn, whose greatest strength may be his ability to understand the ways that human character animates Washington and its large political and policy debates. Glenn is as gifted as any writer I have known at bringing this to life in vivid ways, and we are extremely enthusiastic about his new assignment.
Jason is currently a contributing editor at New York Magazine and GQ, where he’s carved out a place as a political profile writer of the first rank, producing memorable portraits of everyone from Mark Sanford on the comeback trail to the likes of Eric Cantor and Peter Beinart. A sharp writer with a reporter’s determination to keep digging away at the story, Jason also spent a dozen years at the New Republic after graduating from Swarthmore College. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications; and it has been anthologized in several books, including The Best American Political Writing, The Best American Medical Writing, and Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Denise has had a similarly stellar career, coming most recently from Washingtonian Magazine, where she was a senior editor in charge of the feature well and the front-of-the-book “IQ” section and spent the last several years helping with an ambitious revamp of the publication. The stories she’s edited have won numerous awards—including the Livingston Award for National Reporting and the Excellence in Writing award from the City and Regional Magazine Association—and have been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing, Best Food Writing, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and an adjunct professor there. She lives in DC with her husband and their three-year-old daughter.
Jason and Denise both start September 3. Please join us in welcoming them to the magazine’s team — and in celebrating Glenn’s new role. More news on the who, the what, and the when coming soon.