Thomas, who has been with Newsweek for nearly 25 years, follows editor-in-chief Jon Meacham, who already announced he would exit once a new editor is found.
Thomas told Yahoo that he made the decision to leave Newsweek “a year ago” and wants to “concentrate on teaching journalism at Princeton and writing books” – including a biography of President Dwight D. Eisenhower he’s currently working on.
Thomas’ departure means we can cross his name off the list of possible Meacham replacements (Thomas was Rachel Sklar’s favorite). Last week, Walter Isaacson, former editor of Time magazine and a friend of Harman’s, told an Aspen, Colorado newspaper that he did not want the job.
"I've already edited a news magazine," Isaacson said.
Which leaves Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria as the current frontrunner, as I’m told by a source that no strong outsiders have emerged for the gig. At least, not yet.
Time to update that shortlist.