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“I’m proud to join The Nation at this critical moment for independent media and for working-class politics,” Sunkara said. “The Nation is an indispensable organ of progressive politics in the United States, with vast potential for growth and impact. I’m looking forward to helping build a storied organization and to supporting the effort of its talented staff and contributors.”
Sunkara, age 32, has built some of independent media’s most successful projects. He founded Jacobin between his sophomore and junior years in college when he was 21 years old; the publication has now grown to a paid circulation of nearly 70,000, with 2.6 million unique visitors per month in 2021. Jacobin has five foreign language franchises and publishes the UK-based Tribune magazine and Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy.
“Bhaskar brings an entrepreneurial lens and a new generation of leadership to The Nation,” vanden Heuvel said. “He is a champion of independent media who has launched and grown some of the most significant institutions on the left today.”
The Nation, founded by abolitionists in 1865, is a multi-platform media organization with investigative reporting and commentary appearing in print, online at TheNation.com, and shared across the magazine’s 1.2 million-follower social media platforms. The Nation has a growing corps of emerging writers and a catalog of politically charged podcasts and limited-term explanatory series. The Nation will be launching a new website and a refreshed donor engagement program in 2022 and will offer expanded coverage of the 2022 midterm elections.
Sunkara will succeed Erin O’Mara, The Nation’s president since 2016. O’Mara is also the executive director of The Nation Fund for Independent Journalism, a 501c3 founded in 2020 to train and develop the next generation of independent journalists. She will now focus on building this program and will remain a strategic consultant to the publisher. The Nation Fund’s programs include Student Nation, The Nation’s highly regarded internship program, and the annual Puffin Nation Student Journalism Conference.
“Erin O’Mara has steered The Nation through one of the most challenging periods in history for journalism, developing and executing on a strategic vision and leading the organization with creativity, calm, and grace,” vanden Heuvel said. “We are pleased that she will continue to lead The Nation Fund’s efforts to build a more diverse independent journalism sector.”
Sunkara is known as well for his work as a writer. His first book, The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality, was released by Basic Books in 2019. In 2020 he was named by Fortune as one of America’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential in Government and Politics. Sunkara has been a writer for The Nation since 2013; he has also been a columnist for The Guardian US and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, and Foreign Policy, among other outlets.
Jacobin, which he has led since its founding in 2010, will be promoting new leadership internally.
“I edited Bhaskar’s piece in our 150th Anniversary issue and have long admired what he’s built at Jacobin,” Guttenplan said. “I look forward to working together to build on The Nation’s incredible legacy in progressive journalism.”
“Independent media is the lifeblood of democracy,” Sunkara said. “This is an opportunity to help lead a media organization that has been on the right side of history for nearly 160 years and continues to drive critical debate around politics today.”
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