Last week New York Times executive editor Bill Keller addressed the paper’s recent personnel losses and chalked them up to “the big-money offers come from a newer competitive set — HuffPo, Bloomberg, etc. — that are suddenly investing in, pardon the expression, content.” Well, with the most recent job switch at the Gray Lady, at least Keller can say he didn’t outright lose an employee to another outfit. According to The Observer, New York Times Magazine deputy editor Alex Star is moving over to the Book Review.
Star has worked at NYT Magazine since 2004 and developed The Boston Globe’s Ideas section earlier in his career. Although he will be leaving his department, Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren spoke glowingly of Star and is optimistic for his future elsewhere at NYT:
He played an incredibly important role in the magazine in his six plus years. With the changes that are happening at the magazine, Alex decided that the Book Review would be a better place for him. They are lucky to have him. He is a great analyst of manuscripts, and he is the best read person I have ever met.