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Betsy Reed Joins The Intercept as Editor-In-Chief

December 05, 2014

We are delighted that Betsy Reed, an award-winning magazine and book editor, will join The Intercept as editor-in-chief. She will oversee and be responsible for all the investigative publication's journalism, working closely with founding editors, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill.

Reed already has extensive experience editing the work of a number of The Intercept's journalists, including Scahill. For nearly a decade, she was his editor, both on his reported pieces in The Nation and on his bestselling books, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Army and Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.

At The Nation, where she has been executive editor since 2006, Reed collaborated with passionate journalists on groundbreaking work on foreign wars, the domestic war on terror, police violence, reproductive rights, immigration, and corporate and political corruption, among other subjects.

Reed has edited investigative articles, columns and books that have won top journalism awards including the George Polk Award, the National Magazine Award, The Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Certificate, Planned Parenthood's Maggie Award, and the Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

Reed has proven that she has the journalistic, leadership and personal skills to help The Intercept team build on the foundation of courageous reporting it established under the leadership of its first editor, John Cook. She's totally committed to The Intercept's mission and to doing what it takes to produce high-quality accountability journalism.

"I am thrilled to be coming to The Intercept to lead its talented team of journalists and technologists as they work to produce distinctive, original stories that shed much-needed light on the darkest corners of our world," she told me.

We're equally thrilled to have her. Reed will be based in New York and starts on January 5.

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