Eric Bates Joins the Team

By Pierre Omidyar

I’m pleased to announce that Eric Bates is joining the NewCo team. Eric will be instrumental in helping us define our editorial strategy for a general-interest audience as well as the editing infrastructure we will need to support our independent journalists.

Eric is a seasoned editor with deep investigative and feature experience. Most recently, he served as executive editor of Rolling Stone, where he spent nearly a decade overseeing the magazine’s feature writing and political reporting. During his tenure he took part in four cover interviews with President Obama, and assigned and edited some of the most influential stories of his generation, including the magazine’s celebrated exposes of Wall Street corruption and the profile that prompted the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal. His work has earned seven National Magazine Awards, the profession’s highest honor, and has been a finalist for the award another seven times.

Eric also served as investigative editor of Mother Jones and editor in chief of Southern Exposure, the leading political journal in the Southern U.S., where he oversaw groundbreaking investigations of factory farming, nursing homes, welfare reform and predatory lending. He has been a visiting lecturer at Duke University and a trustee of Antioch College.