Katherine Bell is Quartz’s new editor in chief, the digital publication announced today. She succeeds co-founder Kevin Delaney, who stepped down from the position in October amid several other leadership changes.
“Katherine is a fantastic journalist with a sharp eye for the most important business stories of our day, a brilliant thinker on digital media and an inspirational newsroom leader,” said Zach Seward, who co-founded the company with Delaney and currently serves as CEO, in a statement.
Bell “shares an enthusiasm for our coverage of the global economy,” Seward added, and “is strongly committed to approaching business journalism in new ways.”
In an email announcement to staff, Seward said that Bell will be responsible for “leading our newsroom, elevating our coverage of the global economy and shifting more of our focus onto members.” Managing editor Kira Bindrim and executive editor Xana Antunes will both report to Bell. She starts at Quartz on Jan. 6.
Bell was most recently editor in chief at Barron’s magazine from 2017 until earlier this year, where she oversaw the redesign of the 100-year-old publication’s website, the creation of podcasts and newsletters, and the expansion of its coverage. Before Barron’s, Bell was the top digital editor at the Harvard Business Review. She also holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa, and her writing was included in the Best American Short Stories 2006.
Bell’s arrival at Quartz comes a year after the publication was acquired from Atlantic Media by Uzabase. While it’s built a strong readership both in the United States and outside of it, the company has been losing money.