Megan McArdle Hired as WaPo Columnist
Megan McArdle has taken the Boeing*:
The Washington Post today announced Megan McArdle will be a columnist for the Opinions section starting March 1. In this role, McArdle will write columns with a focus on the intersection of economics, business and public policy.
“Megan offers one of the liveliest, smartest, least predictable takes on policy, politics and everything else, from the history of washing machines to essential rules for living,” said Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page editor for The Post. “We’re excited to share her perspective and her distinctive voice with our readers and to deepen our coverage of economic and financial topics.”
Most recently, McArdle has been a columnist at Bloomberg View, where she has written about financial issues and politics for five years. McArdle has also written for The Economist, The Atlantic and Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Her book, “The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success” was published by Viking in 2014.
I’ve been reading Megan’s work for a decade and a half and got to know here socially a bit once she moved to the DC area, although I haven’t seen her in years. While I don’t always agree with her, I’ve never ceased to be amazed at the sheer vitriol she inspires, given that she’s unfailingly polite, not discernibly partisan, and bends over backwards to acknowledge the merits of competing viewpoints. One suspects the intensity of the attacks against her will only intensify now that she has one of the biggest platforms in the opinion space.
*A coinage of Glenn “InstaPundit” Reynolds upon Mickey Kaus being hired from the blogosphere by Slate. Megan, of course, joined the Big Media more than a decade ago now but this is certainly a major step up in exposure.