Frank Rich Joins New York Magazine

Talk about a huge score: Frank Rich is leaving The New York Times for New York magazine. At New York, he will be writing a monthly column on politics and culture, as well as editing a new monthly section that will be centered around his essay. Rich will also write for the magazine’s website.

Rich has been at the Times since 1980, and expressed sadness with leaving the paper:

There is no greater newspaper than the Times,” said Rich. “I leave the paper with deep affection for both the institution and my many brilliant colleagues, and with much gratitude for the opportunity the paper gave me to serve in two dream jobs in journalism. After seventeen years in my second career there, as a columnist, I feel much as I did after nearly fourteen years in my first, as chief drama critic—both the satisfaction that I’ve given a great job all I had and a serious hunger to move on to fresh and expanded writing challenges after having done the same assignment for so long.

It also doesn’t hurt that his longtime friend, Adam Moss, is Editor-in-Chief at New York. Moss, rightfully so, is very excited about Rich joining the team. “I have had the privilege to work with him for almost 25 years. Since the day I came to New York, I have hoped I could persuade him to join us here. I’m ecstatic that he will now be bringing his wisdom to our growing audience.”

All we can say is wow. What an amazing pull for New York magazine. The entire staff should go ahead and pat themselves on the back for this one.