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Julia Turner Named Slate Editor in Chief

The Culture Gabfest podcast co-host previously served as deputy to outgoing editor David Plotz for the past six years

Julia Turner is taking over Slate as Editor-in-Chief, effective immediately and will succeed outgoing editor David Plotz, who served in the position since 2008.

During Plotz’s tenure, Turner served as deputy editor. She has been with the magazine since 2003, having served first as writer/editor, then culture editor.

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“Slate, under David, has published incredible award-winning journalism, created exciting new blogs and podcasts, set traffic records, and assembled its most talented staff to date,” Jacob Weisberg, chairman of The Slate Group, said Monday. “While we’re sad he has decided to step down, we’re lucky to have the best possible successor already working for us. Julia has done an outstanding job as deputy, and the decision to have her succeed David was a remarkably easy one. Julia is a brilliant editor and a respected leader who has developed her talent at Slate. We’re excited to usher in a new era of Slate under Julia’s leadership.”

Plotz will remain on staff at Slate as editor-at-large and co-host of Slate’s Political Gabfest. Turner, too will continue to serve podcast duties as co-host of Slate’s popular Culture Gabfest.

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