And here’s the latest blow to NewsweeK: Fareed Zakaria is packing his bags and heading over to Time. He represents yet another high profile departue from the magazine, and this move must cement the feeling to the old guard at Newsweek that their era really is over. Mr. Zakaria isn’t going into academica (Evan Thomas is doing that), or going to TV (Mike Isikoff) or heading off to Sewanee to write books (Jon Meacham). He’s heading to that old rival.
Mr. Zakaria will write a biweekly column for Time and will have an expanded role on CNN in a Time Warner snyergy lovefest. Here’s the release:
FAREED ZAKARIA JOINS TIME MAGAZINE
New Column, Features in TIME will Complement Expanded Role at CNN and HBO
NEW YORK (August 18, 2010) – TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel announced today that award-winning journalist Fareed Zakaria will join TIME as Editor at Large on October 1. Mr. Zakaria will have a regular column and will contribute cover stories and features in the magazine and on TIME.com.
In addition to his new role at TIME, Mr. Zakaria has renewed his association with CNN, where he will continue to work on his weekly show, “Fareed Zakaria GPS”, and, in addition, will produce several special reports a year. He will also serve as a consultant for HBO’s documentary unit. TIME, CNN, and HBO are all owned by Time Warner, and the company plans to utilize Mr. Zakaria’s expertise across these platforms.
In making the announcement, Mr. Stengel said: “Fareed is one of the world’s premier public intellectuals. He is known internationally as an exceptional authority on foreign policy, global politics and world affairs. I am thrilled that Fareed is joining us; his singular voice in explaining the world to people is a natural fit with our editorial mission at a moment when TIME is more relevant and wide-reaching than it’s ever been.”
Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. said, “Fareed has brought unparalleled insight to CNN’s Sunday morning programming, and his voice will now resonate like that of no other journalist in the world – globally, in print, online, and in longform – thanks to the unmatched resources of Time Warner. We’re looking forward to continuing to blaze new trails with Fareed and our partners at Time and HBO.”
Mr. Zakaria said: “I’m excited at the prospect of writing for TIME’s vast and important audience. Rick Stengel has a compelling vision for the magazine and website and I’m delighted to be a part of it. I will also be doing more at CNN as well as HBO, where I have had wonderful experiences already. This is a unique opportunity to bring together on a common platform, my work on television, print, and the web. I’m grateful for the vote of confidence and look forward to getting to work.”
TIME and CNN will collaborate on making Mr. Zakaria’s online presence on CNN.com and TIME.com a powerful joint platform for his views and ideas with distinctive written content and video, including interviews with newsmakers.
Mr. Zakaria joins a deep bench of TIME experts on politics and foreign policy, including Deputy Managing Editor Michael Elliott, who will continue in his role as Editor of TIME international. In addition to Mr. Zakaria’s regular column, cover stories and features, he will contribute ideas on TIME’s news coverage. Mr. Zakaria’s byline will add further depth and luster to TIME’s lineup of columnists, led by Joe Klein, America’s preeminent political journalist and an expert on foreign policy affairs as well.
Fareed Zakaria has been the editor of Newsweek International since October 2000, overseeing the magazine’s editions abroad. He writes a regular column for Newsweek, which also appears in the international edition and regularly in the Washington Post. He was the managing editor of Foreign Affairs, the widely circulated journal of international politics and economics. He is the author of several books, including “The Future of Freedom,” and “The Post-American World,” both of them New York Times and international bestsellers, and both now in translation in over 30 languages.
Mr. Zakaria has won several awards for his columns and cover essays, in particular for his October 2001 Newsweek cover story, “Why They Hate Us.” He was awarded the National Magazine Award for his columns and commentary this year. In 1999, he was named “one of the 21 most important people of the 21st Century” by Esquire magazine. In 2007, he was named one of the “top 100 public intellectuals” by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines. He has received honorary degrees from many universities, including Brown, the University of Miami, and Oberlin. He serves on the board of Yale University, The Council on Foreign Relations, and Shakespeare and Company.
He received a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He lives in New York City with his wife, son and two daughters.