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National Journal gives mag editor positive sendoff even though he’s headed to enemy ship

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Publications rarely announce when employees leave. Nor are they always positive about it (wink, wink, Politico). But today National Journal‘s President Bruce Gottlieb says goodbye to National Journal Magazine’s Executive Editor Adam Kushner, who’s leaving for enemy territory in a few weeks to start a brand new position at The Washington Post. WaPo recently tried to steal away another Atlantic employee, Derek Thompson, to run the Wonkblog vacated by Ezra Klein. Thompson turned down the offer.

Artcoverdec20101Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to share the news that Adam Kushner has accepted a position at The Washington Post, where he will be launching a new digital opinion/analysis project. Both personally and on behalf of NJ, I am sorry to see Adam go — but this is a very exciting opportunity for him and I know that he will make great use of it.

Adam has been with National Journal for just over three years, first as the deputy editor of the magazine, more recently as magazine’s executive editor. NJ has benefited not only from his skills as a top-notch editor but also as a writer. He’s given us cover stories on topics ranging from idealism in the Middle East to China’s world domination to several stories about the recovery of New Orleans. And of course, he was a leader in getting our Gay Washington special issue together, even conducting our interview with the never-boring Barney Frank (“When’s the last time you read about an NRA march? [But] [p]ound for pound, that’s the most effective political organization in the country.”)

Adam will be with us through February 12. Please join me in wishing him the very best.

Tim Grieve will be leading the search for Adam’s successor. We look forward to finding the right person to take over one of the great jobs in political and magazine journalism.