NEW YORK--()--John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine, today announced that Ellen Rosenbush would become editor of the 160-year-old monthly, effective immediately. Rosenbush has served as the acting editor since February 1.
“I am thrilled to be editor of Harper's Magazine and am excited to have the opportunity to continue Harper’s tradition of publishing the best journalism and short fiction.”
In making the announcement, MacArthur said, “After more than twenty years of working with Ellen at close hand, it’s clear that she has great skill as a manuscript editor and good relations with writers. She's the purest kind of editor, with an ear for language, an instinctive sense of style, and an unerring drive toward clarity. This has always been a writers’ magazine and a readers’ magazine; Ellen serves both constituencies well because she specializes in bringing out the writer's true voice and she understands what brings pleasure to the reader. She puts her heart in everything she does and so is perfectly suited to moving us forward as the country’s leading magazine of literature, ideas, and journalism.”
Rosenbush added, “I am thrilled to be editor of Harper's Magazine and am excited to have the opportunity to continue Harper’s tradition of publishing the best journalism and short fiction.”
Rosenbush was managing editor of Harper’s from 1989 to 2010. Previously she was managing editor at Connoisseur magazine from 1985 to 1988. From 1982 to 1984, she was copy chief at GEO magazine, and in the mid-Seventies, Rosenbush was the copy chief at New Times Magazine. She graduated from Hood College. Rosenbush, the fourteenth editor of the magazine, is the first woman to hold the editor position at Harper’s in its 160-year history.
Founded on June 10, 1850, Harper’s Magazine (www.harpers.org) is the oldest general-interest magazine in America. It explores the issues that drive the national conversation through such celebrated features as Readings, the Annotation, Findings, and the iconic Index. Harper’s has received eighteen National Magazine Awards. The magazine is owned and published by the Harper’s Magazine Foundation. Monthly previews of Harper’s Magazine are available online at www.harpers.org/PR/highlights.