New Republic Fills Out the Ranks

Five new hires and the promotion of Laura Reston to managing editor.

Laura Reston (pictured) joined New Republic last summer as a reporter. A year and a quarter later, she’s very impressively moving up to managing editor, replacing Elaine Teng. Reston graduated from Harvard in 2015, where she was Metro editor of the Harvard Crimson, and then interned briefly at Forbes before joining a media organization that, admittedly, has had its share of upheavals this year since being purchased by Win McCormack.

Her appointment is one of a half dozen editorial and business moves announced today by the magazine. On that former side, Siung Tjia, formerly a creative director with Bloomberg Markets and ESPN The Magazine, is joining the New Republic as design director; Sarah Jones has been named social media editor; and Graham Vyse is on board as a staff writer, based in Washington.

From today’s announcement:

“It’s more crucial than ever for media organizations to reflect the audiences they strive to engage with,” says editor Eric Bates. “As we continue to revitalize this historically influential publication, our growing staff highlights our commitment to building on our top-notch team in both print and digital, and to identifying and promoting a wide range of diverse voices.”

Adds publisher Hamilton Fish: “We are thrilled to expand our existing team at the New Republic with such talented individuals. Each brings a dynamic perspective and deep experience that will contribute to our continued growth and evolution.”

On the business side, the magazine has hired Eliza Fish as audience and partnership manager and Steph Leke is the new media relations manager. New Republic is additionally looking to fill three more editorial positions in New York: Culture staff writer, Politics staff writer and reporter-researcher.

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