New Scientist names Roger Highfield as editor

Daily Telegraph science editor Roger Highfield has been named as editor of New Scientist.

Highfield, who has been with the Telegraph for 20 years, will work with editor-in-chief of the magazine and website Jeremy Webb.

He said: “I have had two fantastic decades at The Daily Telegraph, where I have managed to do so much more than write news and feature articles. From the very first day I was recruited in 1986, I have been fortunate to work with many exceptional people. I am especially grateful to my editor, William Lewis, for the exciting and unprecedented opportunities he has given me to explore what the web has to offer journalism.”

Highfield has an MA and DPhil in chemistry from Oxford and before joining the Telegraph worked as clinical report for medical weekly Pulse and then as news editor of Nuclear Engineering International.

New Scientist editor-in-chief Webb said: “Roger is a formidable force in science journalism. He has immense knowledge and wisdom and is brimming with new ideas. We are expanding in the US, into new markets in India and elsewhere, and improving our web offering. The magazine is right at the centre of all these efforts and we need a strong, creative editor to lead it. I can’t wait to start working with Roger.”

Highfield becomes the ninth editor of new Scientist since it launched in 1956.

It has a circulation of more than 174,000 and claims 2.3 million visitors to its website every month.

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