Jemima Khan swaps Independent for New Statesman - Press Gazette

Jemima Khan swaps Independent for New Statesman

Jemima Khan has joined the New Statesman as associate editor four months after taking up the same role at The Independent.

Khan, who is leaving The Independent, guest edited the magazine (which like Press Gazette is part of the Progressive Media group) in April when she made headlines over her interview with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

In it Clegg memorably described how he regularly cried to music, declared that he was a ‘a human being … not a punchbag”, and told Khan how his children would ask him: ‘Why are the students angry, Papa?”

The same edition also featured Hugh Grant’s undercover interview with former News of the World deputy features editor Paul McMullan.

When The Independent hired Khan as associate editor in June then editor Simon Kelner cited her guest editorship of the New Statesman as evidence of her ‘editorial flair”.

The New Statesman said Khan will be joining the magazine on 14 November when her role will involve ‘commissioning and writing for the magazine and working on specially curated issues”.

New Statesman editor Jason Cowley said: ‘I’m delighted that Jemima is joining us and that I have tempted her away from The Independent. She worked brilliantly with the whole team on her guest-edited issue of the New Statesman.

‘She is a first-rate journalist who has strong campaigning instincts and a powerful interest in international affairs and human rights issues. She’s very popular among the staff.”

Khan added: ‘I loved working on the guest edit at the beginning of the year and I am delighted to become a permanent part of the exceptional team at the New Statesman. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Independent but the challenge of a wider role at the New Statesman was too tempting.”

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