June 15, 2016 Last Updated 12:14 pm

Katherine Mangu-Ward named Editor-in-Chief of Reason Magazine

Mangu-Ward was previously managing editor of the libertarian magazine; current editor Matt Welch moves to editor-at-large

Los Angeles, Calif. – June 15, 2016 — Katherine Mangu-Ward has been named editor-in-chief of Reason, the magazine of “free minds and free markets.” Mangu-Ward joined the magazine in 2006 and has been Reason’s managing editor since 2011.

Reason-July16-cover“This is my dream job,” said Mangu-Ward, who becomes Reason’s ninth editor. “I couldn’t be more excited about leading Reason magazine’s incredible team of journalists as we dig deeply into policy and politics, catalog culture in its high and low forms, and serve up a steady stream of smart, skeptical, sassy libertarian analysis.”

“Katherine embodies Reason’s dedication to great journalism and developing talent,” said David Nott, president of Reason Foundation, which publishes Reason. “Katherine’s humor, smarts and strong work ethic have helped drive her rise from Reason intern to editor-in-chief. I’m thrilled that she’ll now lead and shape the magazine’s coverage and design with her original, provocative and witty vision for impactful journalism.”

“One of the great pleasures of Reason-as an editor and (I hope) as a reader-is listening in on five decades of freewheeling conversation about how to make the world more free, more fair, and more fun,” said Mangu-Ward, who takes over Reason with the October 2016 edition. “Where else are you going to find a Burning Man regular, Congressional Budget Office report fanboys, a guy willing to publish his entire genome online, and a rabid horde of political junkies sharing a single table of contents?”

“Katherine was built for this job. She’s a talented journalist and strong libertarian who combines Reason co-founder Robert Poole’s rational, can-do optimism with former Reason editor Virginia Postrel’s sense of wonder at what free markets will dream up next,” said Matt Welch, who is shifting from Reason’s editor-in-chief to editor-at-large. “Her delight at arguing against prevailing opinion, and her futuristic vision makes Katherine ideal to lead a vital American magazine.”

As editor-at-large, Welch will provide political reporting and analysis for Reason’s print, digital and video properties.

“With the wildly unpopular Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton trying to stifle freedom at nearly every turn, we’re seeing an unprecedented surge of interest in alternative viewpoints and political parties,” said Welch, co-author of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America. “I am excited to be leaping into a historic opportunity to cover this election and the future through a libertarian lens that explores the dark sides of big-government politics, opportunities for third-parties and potentially massive changes to the political system as we know it.”

“Matt’s had a tremendous, award-winning tenure editing Reason over the last eight years,” Nott said. “In this political moment, his brilliant prose and distinctive libertarian political commentary is needed now more than ever and he’ll be engaging with audiences across traditional media spaces and emerging platforms.”

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