Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2016)—Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic, announced today that writer and former New Republic editor Franklin Foer will join the magazine in early 2017. Foer is the most recent addition to the writing ranks at The Atlantic, which in the past two weeks has welcomed reporters Julia Ioffe, McKay Coppins, and Rosie Gray.
“Frank Foer, simply put, is one of the finest magazine journalists of his generation, and his writing will help Scott Stossel, the editor of the magazine, reach our goal of publishing stories of truly global reach in every issue,” said Goldberg.
Foer will write reported features and essays for The Atlantic. He served as editor of The New Republic magazine for seven years, during which the magazine turned toward long-form reporting and created a robust website. He began his career at Slate when it launched in 1996 and has remained a contributor. Foer is the author of the international bestseller How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization—which Sports Illustrated named one of the most influential books of the decade. His forthcoming book is an argument for resisting the power of the world’s largest technology companies.
The Atlantic magazine sold a record number of subscriptions coming off the election—toppling the previous monthly record by 50 percent—and is the only title among its competitive set to increase newsstand sales this year. The publisher has grown dramatically in staff and audience over the past 12 months, bolstered by expanded coverage of Politics & Policy; science, tech, and health; culture; religion; and news. November set a new audience record on TheAtlantic.com, the second consecutive month the site surpassed 30 million unique visitors.
Bob Cohn is the president of The Atlantic. TheAtlantic.com is led by editor J.J. Gould; Scott Stossel is editor of The Atlantic magazine.