According to a January report in the New York Observer, Lizza 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 this 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 August 1.
And in other New Republic news, Ben Wasserstein, associate editor at New York magazine and son of its owner, investor Bruce Wasserstein, is leaving to become editor of The New Republic online. He replaces Adam B. Kushner. Wasserstein joined New York in 2005, a year and a half after his father purchased the city weekly, and was previously associate editor at the now-defunct Vitals.