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Bhaskar Sunkara Named Head Editor Of The Nation

Jacobin founder and head editor Bhaskar Sunkara has been named the new president of The Nation, American Kahani reports.

Sunkara founded Jacobin, a socialist magazine while studying International Relations at Georgetown University, he told the New Left Review. As a self-identified socialist, Sunkara wanted to make leftist ideas accessible to the general public. Despite these small beginnings, Jacobin was a runaway success. Today, the publication boasts nearly 70,000 paid subscribers and 2.6 million unique web visitors per month.

In 2020, he was named one of Fortune’s “40 under 40” list in the Government and Politics sector. He has since published a book titled The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality, and has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, The Nation, among other major publications.

According to an announcement by The Nation, Sunkara will succeed Erin O’Mara, the president of The Nation since 2016, and lead the magazine’s publishing and business strategy alongside publisher and editorial director Katrina vanden Heuval and editor D.D. Guttenplan. Meanwhile, O’Mara will focus on her position as executive director of nonprofit The Nation Fund for Independent Journalism.

“I edited Bhaskar’s piece in our 150th Anniversary issue and have long admired what he’s built at Jacobin,” Guttenplan told The Nation. “I look forward to working together to build on The Nation’s incredible legacy in progressive journalism.”

Sunkara, meanwhile, has expressed his enthusiasm for the impact and importance of his new position. On Twitter, he wrote: “I’m really looking forward to this role, and working with dozens of committed people to help expand one of the Left’s most important voices.”

Sunkara also recognized The Nation’s impact as an “indispensable organ of progressive politics in the United States.” The publication was founded by abolitionists in 1865, and has since been dedicated to investigative reporting and commentary from a left-leaning point of view. To Sunkara, The Nation has become especially essential during a “critical moment for independent media and for working-class politics.”

“Independent media is the lifeblood of democracy,” Sunkara said. “This is an opportunity to help lead a media organization that has been on the right side of history for nearly 160 years and continues to drive the critical debate around politics today.”

He added: “I’m looking forward to helping build a storied organization and to supporting the effort of its talented staff and contributors.”

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