POLITICAL BEAT: The New Yorker has tapped Ryan Lizza as its new Washington correspondent, replacing Jeffrey Goldberg, who went to The Atlantic. Lizza, 32, has been much courted: According to a January report in the New York Observer, he turned down offers from Time, The New York Times and The Washington Post to keep his senior editorship at The New Republic and contributing editor gig at GQ. WWD also reported last week that Lizza is working on a story about presidential candidate Barack Obama for GQ, perhaps for the cover. His appointment to cover national politics and the presidential campaign for The New Yorker is effective Aug. 1.
In other New Republic news, Ben Wasserstein, associate editor at New York magazine and son of its owner, investment banker Bruce Wasserstein, is leaving to become editor of The New Republic online. He replaces Adam B. Kushner. Wasserstein joined New York in 2005, 18 months after his father purchased the weekly, and was previously associate editor at the now-defunct Vitals. Said New York magazine editor in chief Adam Moss: "We're really sorry to see Ben go, but this is a great job for him. We're sure he'll do wonderfully there as he has done here. They're lucky to have him." (Of course, he is the son of Moss' boss.)