J.J. Gould, Continuing as Editor, Appointed President

Theodore Ross Now Executive Editor of the Magazine, Laura Reston Deputy Editor, Sasha Belenky Features Editor; 4 Additional Hires Join Masthead

New York, NY— (February 28, 2018)The New Republic today named Rachel Rosenfelt as its new publisher and vice-president, effective March 12. Win McCormack, TNR’s owner, chairman, and editor in chief, also announced that J.J. Gould, who became the editor in September and acting president in November, will remain the editor and now serve as the president on an ongoing basis. 

“John has brought us invaluable leadership at a transitional moment,” McCormack said, “and he has as keen an understanding of the business we want to build as he does editorial vision for The New Republic. I’m very happy to make his expanded role permanent. And I’m delighted to welcome Rachel. She has impressed us immensely with the capacious imagination she has for TNR, her inventive approach to publishing, and her all-around intelligence and leadership. We’re fortunate to have her taking on such a vital job for us.” 

Rosenfelt’s career spans traditional and digital media. She is the founder, publisher, and president of the influential online magazine The New Inquiry. She is also the associate director of the Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism MA Program at the New School for Social Research—where she led graduate-level core curriculum as a founding member of the program in collaboration with its director, James Miller—and the creative director for Verso Books.

At Verso, Rosenfelt project-managed a data-driven redesign of VersoBooks.com, increased direct-to-consumer sales revenue, and helped to develop a new revenue stream by licensing the company’s software platform. She also developed Verso’s signature in-house programming and live-streaming, and oversaw campaigns for many of Verso’s high-profile titles during her tenure at the publishing house.

Rosenfelt has been named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” by Brooklyn Magazine and one of the “Top 30 Young People in Digital Media” by The Guardian, and has given guest lectures at major institutions such as Harvard University and Parsons School of Design. She is currently a grant recipient from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, as well as a member of NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator in the areas of art, design, and technology, founded by the New Museum.

“It’s an honor to join The New Republic as its publisher at such a pivotal moment in the publication’s history,” Rosenfelt said. “I’m excited to support the staff in developing a sustainable and vital future for one of America’s longest-standing forums for interpretation, interrogation, and debate.”

Gould was previously the editor of TheAtlantic.com. During his seven years at The Atlantic, the magazine grew its digital-audience numbers by 10x and won National Magazine Awards for Best Website and Magazine of the Year. Prior to The Atlantic, Gould was an editor at the Journal of Democracy, as well as with McKinsey & Company—where he worked with the public- and social-sector practices. A former lecturer in history and politics at Yale University, he has written for the Washington MonthlyThe American ProspectThe Chronicle HeraldThe European Journal of Political Theory and The Moscow Times.

Over the past few months, Gould has been building out and restructuring TNR’s masthead. Recently, he announced a number of internal moves and new hires: 

●      Theodore Ross, formerly Features Director, is now the magazine’s Executive Editor

●      Laura Reston, formerly Managing Editor, is the magazine’s Deputy Editor

●      Sasha Belenky is the Features Editor

●      Catherine Green is the new Senior Editor for Engagement

●      Heather Souvaine Horn is the new Senior Editor for Global Affairs

●      Matt Ford is the new Staff Writer on politics and legal affairs

●      And Carson Leigh Brown is the new Assistant Managing Editor

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