Tin House Publisher Win McCormack Purchases The New Republic

The progressive magazine, which has weathered several tumultuous years, has been sold to McCormack, a longtime publisher and one of Oregon's biggest Democratic donors.

By Rebecca Jacobson February 26, 2016

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The New Republic was founded in 1914 to "bring sufficient enlightenment to the problems of the nation."

Portlander Win McCormack, editor and publisher of Tin House, has bought The New Republic.

The century-old political magazine had been put up for sale in January, following several tumultuous years under owner and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. Hughes’ attempt to recreate the progressive publication as a “vertically integrated digital-media company” led to the departure of more than two dozen staffers and contributors. 

Before helping to launch Tin House in 1998, McCormack was publisher of Oregon Magazine. He’s also a major Democratic donor, and has hosted national political candidates at his Dunthorpe home (Hillary Clinton swung through in August for a $2,700-per-plate fundraiser). McCormack’s son Noah, who'll leave his post as publisher of The Baffler to work at TNR, tweeted the news this morning:

According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the sale, the price was not disclosed.

McCormack has also named Hamilton Fish—former publisher of The Nation and The Washington Spectator, and brother of Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish—to take over from Hughes as publisher.

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