He will be an essayist for the magazine, writing monthly on politics and culture, and serve as an editor-at-large, editing a special monthly section anchored by his essay. He will also be a commentator on nymag.com, engaging in regular dialogues on the news of the week.
Rich was the Times' drama critic from 1980-1993, and has since held a variety of positions at the paper, including being an op-ed columnist and a senior writer for The New York Times Magazine. His last column for the paper will appear on March 13.
He is also the author of such books as Ghost Light: A Memoir and The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina. Rich is also a creative consultant for HBO, a position he will maintain during his new employment.