For Immediate Release:
July 10, 2017
The Weekly Standard is pleased to announce the hiring of Barton Swaim as Opinion Editor and Adam Keiper as Books & Arts Editor. “We’re thrilled to have Barton and Adam joining us in such critical roles as we build on twenty years of success at the magazine and expand our efforts online,” says Editor-in-Chief Stephen F. Hayes.
A frequent commentator on American politics, Swaim is a contributing columnist for the Washington Post and writes a column on political books for the Wall Street Journal. From 2007 to 2010, he worked for South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, an experience he chronicled in The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics (2015). The New York Times reviewing the book wrote: “Mr. Swaim is so talented a writer, and has such an eye for a telling detail, that you suspect you could put him in any workplace—chicken-processing plant, airport sunglass emporium, stoner skate park—and he would make it come alive in the best possible way.”
In the new role of Opinion Editor, Swaim will oversee the writing and production of The Weekly Standard’s editorials, both in print and online at weeklystandard.com. “Barton is one of the sharpest thinkers and finest writers in America today,” says Hayes; “in short, the perfect person to shape the magazine’s collective voice.”
Adam Keiper has been the editor of The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society for over a decade. The quarterly, which he helped to found in 2003, is the nation’s leading forum for exploring the moral, cultural, and political questions raised by modern science and technology. He is also a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor to National Affairs. “Adam’s experience guiding one of America’s most interesting intellectual publications,” says Hayes, “along with his own thoughtfulness, energy, and curiosity, position him well to lead our efforts to broaden the magazine’s cultural coverage.”
In becoming Books & Arts Editor, Keiper succeeds Philip Terzian, who after 12 years as Literary Editor is moving to full-time writing at the magazine as a Senior Editor. In his decade-plus of stewardship, the magazine’s books section was held to an unfailingly high standard. National Review described him as “one of the deans of the book-reviewing trade . . . much admired for his ability to make taste and set trends by suggesting but rarely imposing his own highly cultivated views on matters both aesthetic and ideological.” “Phil was one of my heroes when I was a young, aspiring reporter,” says Hayes. “He is a stylish and witty writer, with a depth and breadth of historical knowledge unusual in this trade. As Phil turns more to writing, our readers are in for a treat.”
The hiring of Swaim and Keiper is part of a wider staff expansion at the magazine, notes Hayes, who became Editor-in-Chief in December. Earlier this year, as reported by The New York Times and Politico The Weekly Standard hired the long-time New Yorker staff writer Peter J. Boyer; the Wall Street Journal’s books editor, Robert Messenger; Slate senior editor Rachael Larimore; and Tony Mecia, a former deputy business editor of the Charlotte Observer.
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