The Atlantic Hires Three, Makes Editorial Changes

The Atlantic has made several moves today, including three new hires and two editorial changes. Below are the highlights, followed by the memo announcing the moves.

  • Olga Khazan comes to the magazine from The Washington Post. She will serve as editor of the Global Channel for
  • Elisa Glass joins the team as an art director. She most recently held the same role for Northern Virginia magazine.
  • Esther Yi comes to The Atlantic as an associate editor.
  • Garance Franke-Ruta, most recently the politics channel editor for the website, will now cover the subject as a full-time writer.
  • David Graham will succeed Franke-Ruta as politics editor for


We have three hires and two internal moves we’re happy to announce:

Olga Khazan joins us as editor of the Global Channel for Olga arrives from The Washington Post, where she reports, writes, and creates multimedia elements for the World section. She previously worked at the Post as a digital assigning editor for Small Business and Real Estate, and as a writer, in print and online, for Education and Sunday Business. A graduate of USC and onetime senior editor at the school’s celebrated, Olga has written for Forbes and the Los Angeles Times, and has worked on the Web staff at KCRW public radio in L.A. Her first day is February 25.

Elisa Glass joins Darhil’s team as art director. (Her name is pronounced ee-leesa–“like ebook,” as Darhil says.) She has an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri and comes to us from Northern Virginia magazine, where she’s been serving as art director. Elisa will be involved in all aspects of design for The Atlantic, from the look of our digital properties (websites, mobile apps, e-books, etc) to the design of the Dispatches and Culture File sections of the magazine. (Juggling all this shouldn’t stress her out too much, because she is also a certified yoga instructor.) She starts on  February 19.

Esther Yi, as many of you already know, returned to the magazine last week as an associate editor, joining Ellie and Sarah on Yvonne’s factchecking crew. Esther, who was an editorial fellow in 2011-2012, is a graduate of Harvard, where she was a reporter, staff writer, and managing editor for The Crimson.

Garance Franke-Ruta moves to full-time writer on politics. Garance, who has presided over tremendous growth on’s Politics Channel since becoming its editor in late 2010, oversaw all aspects of the site’s 2012 campaign coverage, from the pre-primary jockeying through last week’s inauguration. These duties have kept her from writing as much as all of us — particularly our readers — would like, so we are happy to free her up to chronicle Washington in the second Obama term.

David Graham, whose hiring is among the many successes scored by Garance, will succeed her as Politics editor. David has been writing, editing, and producing for the channel since he came on board from Newsweek in late 2011, so he is ready for the challenge. He’ll benefit from a writing corps that includes Garance, Molly Ball, Conor Friedersdorf – and a long list of other Atlantic stars like Jim Fallows, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Andrew Cohen. David takes over the channel on February 11.

Please join us in welcoming your new colleagues and congratulating your newly promoted ones. And while you’re at it, take a bow yourselves, for a month in which we shipped an awesome issue and set a new record for our total audience across our three sites.


                    —  James, Bob, and Scott