London-Based Newsweek Editor Takes Over as Global EIC

As part of the changes, Matt McAllester will relocate to New York

Popular stateside EIC Jim Impoco is vacating his post after three and a half years.
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For Matt McAllester (pictured), it will be a triumphant return to U.S. shores.

From 1994 to 2007, he rose through the Newsday ranks, starting as a local reporter on Long Island and eventually moving up to Middle East bureau chief and a foreign correspondent covering world affairs. Following stints with Details, CUNY and Time magazine, McAllester has spent the past few years in London, working as Europe editor for Time magazine and as international editor for Newsweek.

Per a memo to Newsweek staff from IBT Media CEO Dev Pragad obtained by Politico’s Joe Pompeo, McAllester is taking over for popular editor in chief Jim Impoco. McAllester will serve as the magazine’s global editor and relocate to New York:

Newsweek staffers are “in a state of shock,” as one of them put it, over losing Impoco.

“Many of us would say Jim is the best editor we’ve ever worked with,” the source said. Another added, “I didn’t come here to work for Newsweek. I came here to work for Jim.”

Those employees may want to take solace in a tweet shared in reaction to Pompeo’s item by The Atlantic staff writer David A. Graham, who describes McAllester as ‘an amazing journalist and great person.’

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.