By Olivia Petersen
October 30, 2013

POLITICO to Launch ‘POLITICO Magazine’

POLITICO, the country’s dominant political news source, announced today that this November it will launch POLITICO Magazine, a new print and online publication that will convene the most interesting, provocative and important thinkers and writers around the ideas that are driving American politics.

POLITICO Magazine is the company’s most ambitious expansion in years. Headed by Susan Glasser, former editor in chief of Foreign Policy, the magazine will bring readers distinctive ideas journalism and hard-hitting original reporting. Bank of America has signed on as the presenting launch sponsor of POLITICO Magazine and exclusive online advertiser for 2013.

“If we have learned one thing in the past seven years about what works in media, it is this:  it is excellence – not workaday, commodity journalism – that readers demand and reward,” said John F. Harris, editor in chief of POLITICO. “We believe that the valuable journalism that POLITICO Magazine will bring to our audience is even more essential in today’s hyperkinetic news environment.”

Original magazine content will be featured daily on a new, fully responsive online section of POLITICO launching Thursday, Nov. 14. That evening, POLITICO will host a high-profile launch event in Washington featuring an in-depth conversation with notable figures in American politics. The event will livestream on POLITICO.

The inaugural print edition of the magazine will be released the next day, Friday, Nov. 15, with 40,000 copies being distributed around the Washington region as well as to select locations across the country. The print edition of POLITICO Magazine will be published six times a year.

“The magazine will aim to set the agenda in a whole new way, untethered from the constraints of old newsmagazines,” said Glasser. “We’ll drive a vibrant, real-time conversation enriched by the country’s best writers and thinkers, authors and experts on the subjects that animate politics and power in Washington and beyond.”

POLITICO Magazine is produced by an award-winning team of top journalists: Glasser leads the team as editor, and Blake Hounshell serves as deputy editor; both join POLITICO from Foreign Policy, which won numerous accolades, including three National Magazine Awards during their tenure. Glasser, a former foreign correspondent and political reporter for The Washington Post, also served as the top editor of Roll Call newspaper and The Washington Post Sunday Outlook section.

Janet Michaud, who came to the magazine after senior positions at The Washington Post and Time magazine, is creative director. Geoffrey Gagnon, previously of The Atlantic, joins the magazine as editorial director; Denise Kersten Wells, from Washingtonian, serves as senior editor. Glenn Thrush moves from POLITICO’s White House team to the magazine as a senior writer, and Jason Zengerle, a contributor at New York Magazine and GQ, has also been named a senior writer. Margy Slattery, also from Foreign Policy, is associate editor, and Elizabeth Ralph is the magazine’s researcher.

Readers can sign up now to receive ‘The Friday Cover,’ an email roundup of the best of the week from the magazine. The first email will be sent Friday, Nov. 15. Ahead of launch, readers can follow POLITICO Magazine on Twitter and Facebook.