Washingtonian Snags Harris from NJ

Shane Harris of NJ has taken a job with Washingtonian.

Here’s the internal memo from NJ Editor Charlie Green:

All the best to Shane Harris, who will be joining Washingtonian as a new senior writer.

Shane explained his decision this way:

‘About a year ago, after I finished writing my book, I decided to make
long-form storytelling, and particularly narrative, the focus of my career. When Washingtonian made me an offer to write big, compelling stories about Washington for the magazine, it was hard to pass up. Not only are these the kinds of stories I like writing, but the new editor wants to see more of them in the publication. (The fact that he’s a close friend made the opportunity even more exciting.) I’ll continue to write stories about national security, but I’ll be widening my lens to take in new beats, new ideas, and new people. I’m very excited about this next step in my career. I’m also looking forward to working on my second book.’

More thoughts from Green about Harris after the jump…

Since moving from Government Executive to NJ in 2005 to cover national
security and homeland security, Shane has consistently produced distinctive, artfully written stories for the magazine that both break news and provide original insight. He has earned the admiration of everyone on the staff for his talent, collegiality, and dedication.

As you know, Shane recently built upon his NJ work to write The Watchers, a book about the rise of terrorism surveillance in the United States, told through the stories of five men who¹ve played instrumental roles in some of the most important and controversial intelligence programs of the past quarter century. Shane has twice been named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honor the best journalists in America under the age of 35. He has broken several important stories, including the transfer of the controversial Total Information Awareness program into a secret intelligence agency and foreign penetration of computer networks that control parts of the U.S. electrical grid.

Please join with me in wishing Shane much happiness and success in his new endeavor.

Charles Green
National Journal