Andrew Sullivan Ditches the Atlantic for Tina Brown's Daily Beast

Pioneering blogger heads to ‘Newsbeast,’ taking the Daily Dish with him

Andrew Sullivan, the pioneering blogger whose Daily Dish has been housed at the Atlantic for the last four years, is heading to Tina Brown's Daily Beast — and he's once again bringing his blog (and his small staff) with him.

Sullivan made the announcement on his blog late Sunday.

"There are some opportunities you just can't let pass by," Sullivan wrote. "The chance to be part of a whole new experiment in online and print journalism, in the Daily Beast and Newsweek adventure, is just too fascinating and exciting a challenge to pass up. And to work with media legends, Barry Diller and Tina Brown, and with the extraordinary businessmen Sidney Harman and Stephen Colvin, is the opportunity of a lifetime."

Diller, Sullivan noted, was "the person who first introduced me to the Internet in the early 1990s, and we have remained friends ever since."

Sullivan mostly blog for the Beast, though he says he'll write at least six columns a year for the redesigned Newsweek.

The Daily Dish will debut on the Daily Beast in April.

Sullivan's blog has had a few different homes. In 2006 Sullivan, former editor of the New Republic, took it to Time magazine's website, only to be lured to the Atlantic a year later.

Late Sunday, Brown praised her new hired.

"[Sullivan's] fearlessness and doggedness makes him a natural soul mate of The Daily Beast," she wrote in a Beast blog post. "Scrolling down Andrew’s blog helps to give orientation in the world, to get the smartest possible fix on the news at any given moment. A rarity, he is willing to admit mistakes and change positions (sometimes radically) in the face of new evidence. Little wonder he has built one of the most devoted followings on the Web, with 1.2 million unique visitors a month, 82 percent of them bookmarked."