‘Atlantic Monthly’ to Leave Boston for D.C.

NEW YORK Just a day after winning a National Magazine Award for fiction writing, Boston-based Atlantic Monthly said managing editor Cullen Murphy would step down following the publication’s move to Washington, D.C.

The Boston offices are expected to close by early next year.

In an internal memo, Atlantic Monthly president, group publisher John Sullivan and COO John Galloway said the magazine would move its 37-person Boston editorial staff to its Washington offices in order to help cut costs and centralize its operations.

Murphy, based in Boston, opted to resign from his position instead of transferring to Washington. According to the memo, Murphy “is personally unable to relocate, is convinced that one cannot manage a magazine like the Atlantic Monthly from long distance and has other interests—like writing a book—to pursue.”

Murphy, who will remain on staff through the transition, has been at the Atlantic Monthly for 20 years and succeeded Michael Kelly as managing editor. Kelly, who in 2003 was killed in Iraq, had stepped down to become editor at large.

The move comes as the magazine has seen its circulation fall 14 percent, to 424,797 for the second half of 2004, compared to the year prior, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Newsstand sales have increased an impressive 17.1 percent.