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“She has the absolute right credentials and literary sensibility for what we need” Harper’s editor Ellen Rosenbush said of Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn, who was hired as a senior editor last week.
Ms. Foley-Mendelssohn, who begins her new job the first week of April, currently oversees the Paris Review Daily blog, which she joined from The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog last year. Her replacement at The Paris Review has yet to be named.
Over the weekend Barnard College bumped New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson from her spot as 2012 commencement speaker for a better offer—the trump card in the commencement bookings game, some might say: President Barack Obama.
It’s surprised no one that President Obama had zeroed in on the Manhattan women’s college for a spring speech. Facing a slate of pro-life GOP rivals and a Congress thrown into old school culture wars over his contraception-mandating health care bill, the President has publicly allied himself with women’s interests groups.