Popular Mechanics Taps Esquire Alum as New Editor in Chief

David Granger also joining as editorial director

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Hearst has named a new top editor at Popular Mechanics following current editor in chief Jim Meigs saying that he would leave the title after 10 years to work on a book project.

Ryan D’Agostino, most recently articles editor at sibling title Esquire, will assume the editor in chief role beginning May 1.

“We’ve always had our eye on Ryan, who is known as a wicked smart editor at Esquire”—he’s won two National Magazine Awards and a James Beard Award since joining the title in 2006—“and a key piece of everything that happens there,” Hearst Magazines president David Carey told Adweek. “And Ryan, as it turns out, has great interest and skills within the Popular Mechanics world.” (Another fun fact: D’Agostino spends his weekends building soapbox derby racers.)

D’Agostino isn’t the only Esquire alum joining the magazine, though. In an interesting move, David Granger, Esquire’s longtime editor in chief, will add the new title of editorial director of Popular Mechanics, overseeing D’Agostino.

Putting Granger in charge of both Esquire and Popular Mechanics, said Carey, “made sense to us because there are certain subject areas that Equire and Popular Mechanics both cover—cars, technology, science…This gives the magazines a chance to coordinate coverage a little bit more.”

As for whether Granger might eventually be given oversight of the entire Hearst Men’s Group, similar to House Beautiful editor in chief’s Newell Turner’s role as editorial director of the Hearst Design Group, Carey didn’t offer any particulars, but did say, “This is David’s first step into taking on more multi-brand, multi-platform responsibility…In this particular case, Ryan and David have such a longstanding relationship, and both brands would benefit from having a closer association.”

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