Reason Names Katherine Mangu-Ward Editor in Chief

Matt Welch moves into an editor at large role.

Reason, the self-described magazine of “free minds and free markets,” has promoted Katherine Mangu-Ward to editor in chief. Mangu-Ward had been managing editor of the publication, a position she had held since 2011.

“This is my dream job,” said Mangu-Ward in a statement. She joined Reason in 2006, but her relationship with the magazine extends back to 2000, when she was an intern. “I couldn’t be more excited about leading Reason magazine’s incredible team of journalists as we dig deeply into policy and politics, catalog culture in its high and low forms, and serve up a steady stream of smart, skeptical, sassy libertarian analysis,” she said.

In her new role, Mangu-Ward succeeds Matt Welch, who moves into an editor at large position after serving as EIC for eight years. Welch described Mangu-Ward as “built for this job.” “Her delight at arguing against prevailing opinion, and her futuristic vision make Katherine ideal to lead a vital American magazine,” he said in a release.

The first issue released under Mangu-Ward’s tenure will be October 2016.