Newly Promoted Esquire Features Director Owns a Ph.D. and Nifty Personal Website

Robert P. Baird for the navigation win

In the pantheon of writer and journalist websites, the one put together by Robert P. Baird cleverly stands out.

To the right of the home page, there is a huge monolith of grayed out text, almost indecipherable. However, once a visitor clicks on the links on the left—Features, Essays, Reviews, Reporting, Fiction, Poems, Translations, Etc.–the corresponding items within that monolith are bold-highlighted and presented to the clickable fore. (And yes, Etc. is an active category.)

We landed here because Baird, as of this week, has been promoted at Esquire magazine from articles editor to features director. That’s a big, impressive jump.

A rep for the Hearst publication tells Fishbowl that Baird will work closely with executive director of editorial Michael Hainey to help bolster the magazine’s factual and fictional offerings. They also want him to bring “new voices” to the magazine.

Baird has worked as managing editor of Harper’s, senior web editor at The New Yorker and editor at large for The Paris Review. He holds a Ph.D. From the University of Chicago and currently prefers a third-person Twitter bio.