"While I'm proud to work for a magazine with the history and reputation of Time, I'm also eager to help expand their political coverage into the more raucous and opinionated world of online debate," said Ms. Cox in an e-mail. "I'm even more eager to combine my own voice and the sterling reporting the magazine is known for to create compelling stories about political figures and movements."
Will still write for mag
In addition to continuing to create features and essays for the print and online editions of the magazine, Ms. Cox will also be coordinating Time.com's political coverage.
"Ana Marie is a sharp and witty observer of the Washington scene and has the ability to spot political angles in surprising places," Richard Stengel, managing editor of Time, said in a statement. "In her new role, she'll bring her great web instincts to covering the hot topics of the day."
The move comes as veteran old-media reporter Matt Cooper, Time.com's political editor since April and previously the White House correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief for Time, will be leaving the magazine for Conde Nast Publication's Portfolio, where he will be Washington editor effective this September. Replacing him with Ms. Cox, the founding editor of the political blog Wonkette, exemplifies how Time is attempting to make its website more relevant and valuable in the buzz of the political blogosphere.
'Explosion in discussion'
"I think the explosion in online political discussions has sparked an interest in expanding stories even further beyond on-the-one-hand/on-the-other formats and trying to bring real personality into things," said Ms. Cox.
Ms. Cox is the author of "Dog Days," a political satire of the Beltway scene, and is currently working on her next book, an "anthropological study of young conservatives."