Sexy Cowboy Editor Out at Harper's Magazine

Sexy cowboy Roger Hodge, editor of Harper's for the past four years, is leaving the magazine (for unexplained reasons). His replacement is Ellen Rosenbush, who's been managing editor there for more than 20 years. The full press release, below.

HARPER'S MAGAZINE NAMES ELLEN ROSENBUSH ACTING EDITOR; ROGER HODGE STEPS DOWN

New York, N.Y., January 26, 2010-John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper's Magazine, today announced that Ellen Rosenbush would become acting editor of the 160-year-old monthly. Roger D. Hodge is stepping down from his position as editor to pursue other endeavors. The changes are effective February 1.

"One of the most talented magazine editors in New York, Ellen has a wealth of experience and has worked with everyone from Tom Wolfe to Richard Rodriguez to Joyce Carol Oates; she will continue to draw the highest-profile writers in the country and uphold the quality of the journalism in the magazine," MacArthur said. "We are deeply grateful for Roger's stewardship over the past four years. He brought many welcome innovations to the magazine and website that helped expand the reach of Harper's growing audience."

Rosenbush has been managing editor of Harper's since 1989. Previously she was managing editor at Connoisseur magazine from 1985 to 1988. From 1982 to 1984, she was copy chief at GEO Magazine, and in the mid-Seventies, Rosenbush was the copy chief at New Times Magazine. She graduated from Hood College.

Hodge was named editor in 2006. Previously, he served as deputy editor from 2004 until 2006. He joined the magazine's acclaimed Readings section in 1997 and edited the section from 1999 to 2003. Hodge was first hired in 1996 as an intern. He graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and received a master's degree in philosophy from The New School of Social Research.

Founded in 1850, Harper's Magazine (www.harpers.org) is the oldest general-interest monthly in America. The magazine explores the issues that drive the national conversation through such celebrated features as Readings, the Annotation, Findings, and the iconic Index. Harper's Magazine has received eighteen National Magazine Awards. The magazine is owned and published by the Harper's Magazine Foundation. Monthly previews of the magazine are available for reporters who write about Harper's Magazine: http://www.harpers.org/PR/highlights/