New York adds Sara Holdren as theater critic for New York magazine/Vulture and Ezekiel Kweku and Benjamin Hart to news and politics vertical Daily Intelligencer.
Holdren’s background is not in criticism, or even media, for that matter, but theater itself, where she has been artistic director and co-founder of Brooklyn-based theater company Tiltyard and has also served as theatre director on other productions.
“We were looking for a fresh, exciting voice, and we found her,” said New York magazine editor in chief Adam Moss in a statement. “Sara never imagined herself a critic but she has the makings of a great one. She comes at theater criticism from an unusual background and perspective, which will be helpful, but she also happens to be a wonderful critical writer–vivid, wry, interesting, impassioned. We’re excited to welcome her to the dialogue.”
Holdren joins at the end of the month.
Kweku and Hart, who both started at the beginning of this week, join as politics editor and politics writer, respectively.
As New York Magazine digital editor Ben Williams described in a statement, Kweku and Hart’s hires represent a response to expanding politics coverage for the site. “As we continue to grow our political coverage at Daily Intelligencer, it became crucial to add a dedicated politics editor, as well as strong coverage for the weekend, when so much news now happens,” said Williams. “Ezekiel and Benjamin bring excellent news judgment, lively writing, and facility with the social media environment.”
Kweku had been a politics writer for MTV News, which recently decided to change its focus to video, so it’s nice to see a good-news story happen so quickly following the round of layoffs there. He had previously written a column on the Golden State Warriors for Vice Sports.
Most recently, Hart had been a front page editor at The Huffington Post. Prior to that he had been assistant editor at The Week.