December 6, 2016 Last Updated 11:35 am

Julia Ioffe to join The Atlantic next year as U.S. politics and foreign policy reporter

Ioffe was previously with The New Republic, and this year covered the election for Politico Magazine; joins the magazine which last week announced the hiring of McKay Coppins

The new editor at The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg, is building a rather powerful team. Just last week the magazine announced that it is adding McKay Coppins to the politics team, and today it announced the hiring of Julia Ioffe to be U.S. politics and foreign policy reporter.

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Julia Ioffe fights off Lawrence O’Donnell in 2013

Ioffe, born in Moscow, worked for The New Republic before being among those who resigned during the Chris Hughes era, and has more recently been a contributing writer at Politico.

Ioffe also is known from the episode of antisemitic abuse following her profile of Melania Trump for GQ magazine. “I started the day off having a sense of humor about it but by the end of the day, after a few phone calls like this, with people playing Hitler speeches, and the imagery, and people telling me my face would look good on a lampshade, it’s hard to laugh,” Ioffe told The Guardian this spring.

As I said above, the magazine has been killing it lately. David A. Graham’s work has been excellent as of late, including one of his rare non-political stories, a profile of jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd.

Here is the announcement for the hiring of Julia Ioffe.



Washington, D.C. – December 6, 2016 — The Atlantic continues to grow its masthead with the hire of U.S. politics and foreign policy reporter Julia Ioffe. Currently a contributing writer for Politico Magazine, Ioffe will cover national security, foreign policy, and politics for The Atlantic magazine and TheAtlantic.com. She will begin with The Atlantic in early 2017.

“Julia Ioffe is an indefatigable reporter, a gifted analyst, and an elegant writer and I’m so happy she’s decided to join The Atlantic,” said editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg. “The addition of Julia to our already growing politics and foreign affairs teams is a cause for celebration. Our readers will benefit greatly from her work.”

Ioffe joins The Atlantic at a time of record audience growth. Last month TheAtlantic.com broke its audience record by nearly 1 million unique visitors, bolstered by expanded coverage of Politics & Policy. The magazine also sold a record number of subscriptions coming off the election last month—toppling the previous monthly record by 50 percent—and is the only title among its competitive set to increase newsstand sales this year.

Ioffe covered the 2016 election for Politico Magazine, and was also a contributor at Huffington Post’s Highline and a columnist at Foreign Policy. Prior to that, she was a senior editor at The New Republic, where she wrote about foreign affairs, Russian politics, the Sochi Olympics, and the invasion of Ukraine. Before joining TNR in 2012, Ioffe was a Moscow-based correspondent for Foreign Policy and The New Yorker. She’s been a finalist for the Livingston Award twice: for a 2013 profile of Sen. Rand Paul and 2011 piece on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. In 2009, Ioffe received a Fulbright to live and work in Russia.

Ioffe joins a growing team. Last week The Atlantic announced the hire of McKay Coppins to the politics team. Jane Yong Kim recently became editor of the Culture section, and Sarah Zhang was hired as a staff writer covering science, tech, and health.

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