Matt McAllester Leaves ‘Newsweek’ for ‘Time’

Famed war reporter was there less than six months

There’s been another major defection from Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Matt McAllester, the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent who joined Tina Brown’s NewsBeast in October as a senior editor, is jumping to rival Time magazine effective Jan. 30, Adweek has learned.

NewsBeast has had a lot of staff leave in the past year as the newly combined company finds its footing, but as far as defections go, this is a big one. McAllester was a longtime foreign correspondent for Newsday and also is the author of three books.

At Time, where he spent a few months as a freelancer in 2011, he’ll be a freelance senior editor, starting Jan. 30, working mainly on Time International. Sources said he's thinking about moving with his family from New York to London, where he's from.

Time has been the beneficiary of Newsweek’s upheaval a number of times since the weekly was sold by the Washington Post Co. and merged with The Daily Beast. Former Newsweekers now at Time include ex-editor in chief Jon Meacham, Fareed Zakaria and Rana Foroohar.

Newsweek rep Andrew Kirk points out that the magazine is still making big-name hires, though, bringing on conservative pundit David Frum earlier this month.