Kinsley Out as Editor of Atlantic's New Business Site
Kinsley says that he and Justin Smith, who was recently promoted to president of Atlantic Media, agreed that he was not the man for the job. "I'm not obsessed with business," he says. "I sort of looked into my soul, and Justin Smith looked into my soul, and we both sort of decided that I really didn't want to do that."
Whoever succeeds him, he says, will likely come from more of a traditional business-journalism background, while Kinsley will indulge his generalist's mind by working across other areas, including The Atlantic Wire, the company's newish opinion-aggregation site.
Since announcing plans to introduce the site, Atlantic Media has pushed the launch date back from January to this spring. After hiring Reuters veteran Adam Pasick to serve as managing editor, the staffing process was put on hold awaiting the naming of a new top editor, Kinsley says: "There aren't going to be that many, so we didn't want to use up any of the slots."