Editor-in-chief Gabriel Snyder to exit The New Republic after June issue put to bed
Change at the top of editorial staff box comes only two months after Hamilton Fish, formerly of The Nation, was brought in to be publisher and editorial director by new owner Win McCormack
The apparently never ending saga of The New Republic magazine continues with the news today that editor-in-chief Gabriel Snyder will be leaving the magazine after the June issue. The announcement was made in a meo to staff and comes less than two months after the title was sold to Win McCormack.
“We built an editorial team composed of new voices reflective of the breadth of American experience. You have announced a new generation, committed to the highest standards of journalism,” Snyder wrote to staff.
“Above all, I will miss working with each one of you, and for that, I can’t thank you enough. I’d also like to thank Chris Hughes and Guy Vidra for trusting me with the helm of such a storied publication. Now, as new ownership sets its plans for the future, it makes sense for me to step aside. I wish Win McCormack and Hamilton Fish the best of luck: the nation — and journalism — is better off with a strong New Republic.”
Hamilton Fish, a veteran of The Nation magazine, was brought in by the new owner to be publisher and editorial director, and will likely take over EIC duties for at least a while.
The magazine has had quite a ride, and has been in the news far more than a title with so little circulation probably deserves. In 2012 Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, bought the magazine, and attempted to change the direction of the magazine to one more interested in culture. In late 2014, Gabriel Snyder, previously of Gawker and Bloomberg, replaced Franklin Foer as editor, leading to a mass exodus of staff. The magazine really never recovered, leading to the sale to McCormack, the Oregon based publisher of Tin House. McCormack is involved in mainstream Democratic Party politics.
“When I announced my intention to sell The New Republic last month, my goal was to find the right steward to ensure that TNR continues to be impactful and relevant,” Hughes said of the sale.
“I had many conversations with qualified candidates, and of those I ultimately concluded that Win McCormack and Ham Fish are those stewards. Their backgrounds in journalism and progressive politics make them uniquely qualified to lead such a historic institution. I look forward to watching their progress over the years to come.”