Ramin Setoodeh Returns to Newsweek

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The writer who raised celebrity hackles with a widely read Newsweek.com essay about gay actors playing straight (and even earned himself a reference at the Tonys for it) is returning home to roost. Ramin Setoodeh, who left cultural reporting at Newsweek for a human-interest writing gig at People back in June is already back at his old job. He’s so far the only one of a recent slew of reporters and editors who fled the mag — after longtime owners the Washington Post Company announced they were planning to sell the title back in May — to do so. “There’s a lot of opportunity here, especially on the Web. I’m excited for the future and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back,” Setoodeh told us in an e-mail this morning from the Newsweek offices. “Look, People is the most-read magazine in the country, but it wasn’t the right fit. I’m grateful to [editor] Larry Hackett for being supportive and letting me try something new. But Newsweek still has some of the best reporters, and young reporters, in the business. Don’t count us out.”

Ramin Setoodeh Returns to Newsweek