The Atlantic Adds Adam Serwer, Siddhartha Mahanta

And Sacha Zimmerman becomes features editor.

BuzzFeed’s Adam Serwer is heading to The Atlantic with Foreign Policy’s Siddhartha Mahanta joining him, while Sacha Zimmerman will take on a new role as features editor.

Serwer, who has been national editor at BuzzFeed, will join The Atlantic Aug. 15 as the deputy editor of the Politics & Policy team. Serwer’s pre-BuzzFeed roles included stints as a reporter at MSNBC and Mother Jones. But Serwer caught the attention of editor J.J. Gould long before then, and, as with Politics & Policy head Yoni Appelbaum, it was because of Ta-Nehisi Coates. “[Serwer] first worked with us—hard to believe it now—seven years ago as a guest blogger for TNC. I’ve been hoping for the right opportunity to bring him here full-time ever since, so high-fives all around,” wrote Gould in a memo announcing the hire.

Serwer will be replacing current Politics & Policy deputy editor Sacha Zimmerman, who will become features editor for, “reestablishing a vital position at a time when our staff has grown precipitously and is doing more in-depth and highly produced features than ever,” according to Gould. “Everyone who’s worked with Sacha knows how preternaturally skilled she is at features editing,” he added. Zimmerman came over to The Atlantic from National Journal in January, at the time of the Politics & Policy section relaunch.

Siddhartha Mahanta joins The Atlantic on Monday, coming on board as deputy editor of the Global section, which makes sense, since Mahanta has been associate editor at Foreign Policy. “Sid is a terrific editor, has cultivated a rich network of writers, and will help bring a range of compelling new voices to the site,” writes Gould. Though new to The Atlantic, Mahanta previously worked in a different part of the Atlantic Media umbrella–National Journal.

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