The New York Times Magazine has added a new deputy editor — Bill Wasik. Wasik comes to the magazine from Wired, where he served as a senior editor.
Wasik previously worked as a senior editor for Harper’s. He’s also the author of And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture.
Wasik tweeted that he was “thrilled” to join the Times Mag, and thanked its editor, Jake Silverstein, for the opportunity.
Below is Silverstein’s memo announcing the hire.
Bill comes to The Times from Wired, where he was a senior editor for the past four years, working on a wide range of stories about tech, business, science, politics, and other subjects. Prior to Wired, Bill was a senior editor at Harper’s for six years, where he edited more than 30 cover stories. Bill is a superb editor and an excellent writer as well. He’s published two books — “And Then There’s This” (2009), a fascinating study of Internet culture, and “Rabid” (2012), a cultural history of rabies that he co-wrote with his wife, Monica Murphy, a veterinarian. (Here they are talking pathogens on NPR.)
Bill is a graduate of Amherst College and also spent time at The New Yorker. And, of course, no introduction would be complete without noting that he is the person who invented the flash mob. Truly. Please join me in welcoming Bill Wasik to The New York Times. He will be starting in July.