City Desk

New Republic Picks Up Politico’s Ryan Kearney

Count one more resident for the House that Likes Built. Ever since The New Republic was bought by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, the magazine has been on a spree, nabbing Up in the Air novelist Walter Kirn, reporter Marc Tracy, and Washington City Paper's Lydia DePillis and Michael Schaffer, among others.

Now City Desk has learned that the magazine's not done staffing yet, having just hired Politico deputy breaking news editor Ryan Kearney. Kearney confirms that he's leaving Politico, and will be editing the magazine's website day-to-day.

"Expect to see plenty of photo galleries about independently wealthy novelists and poets who died before their time," Kearney writes in an email. "And GIFs from literary readings at Politics & Prose."

D.C. media watchers may also remember Kearney as one of the last employees at Politico's ill-fated sister operation, TBD. "I'm grateful to Politico for throwing me a lifesaver after the TBD.com ship sank," Kearney writes.

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