Intercept Deputy editor Roger Hodge has been named acting editor-in-chief of the investigative news site, effective August 1, 2022. He will replace Betsy Reed, who took the title of editor at The Guardian U.S.A on Thursday. Nausicaa Renner, The Intercept’s Washington editor, will assume the role of deputy editor, reporting to Hodge.
Hodge will oversee The Intercept’s newsroom operations in both New York and Washington.
“Betsy Reed has made The Intercept into one of the world’s premier investigative newsrooms, and it has been my great privilege to work alongside her for the last seven years,” said Hodge. “There’s no replacing her, but the upside is that we still have a kick-ass team of journalists.”
Hodge joined The Intercept as the national editor in 2015. He has been involved with many major investigations. He was promoted to deputy editor in 2017 and has since led the organization’s criminal justice, environmental, climate, and toxics reporting. More recently, he has spearheaded The Intercept’s technology and Covid origins coverage. Hodge’s work has been critical to The Intercept’s most ambitious and impactful reporting series, including The Drone Papers, Teflon Toxin, Bad Chemistry, Code of SilenceAnd Iran Cables.
Formerly, Hodge was editor-in-chief of the Oxford American and Harper’s Magazine. His writings have appeared in many publications, including Texas Monthly, the London Review of Books, the New Republic, Popular Science, and Harper’s Magazine. Hodge is also the author of two books, “Texas Blood” and “The Mendacity of Hope.”
Nausicaa Renner has been The Intercept’s Washington editor since March 2021. Prior to joining The Intercept as senior politics editor, she was also the digital editor at Columbia Journalism Review, Tow Center for Digital Journalism and senior editor at n+1.
Betsy Reed joined The Intercept January 2015 as editor in chief. Together with her team, she transformed The Intercept to be a leading investigative journalist organization. She broke some of the most significant stories in every area of coverage. The Intercept also launched a membership program that has become one of America’s largest independent media.
Under Reed’s leadership, The Intercept grew into an award-winning news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through adversarial journalism and in-depth investigations on politics, war, surveillance, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media, and more. The George Polk Award, several National Magazine Awards and nominations as well as a Hillman Prize, Innocence Network Journalism Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award are just a few of the many accolades The Intercept has received in recent years. The Intercept was a Pulitzer Prize finalist last year for the podcast “Somebody,” and the animated short “Alexandria Ocasio -Cortez shares a message from the future” received an Emmy nomination.
“Saying goodbye to my Intercept colleagues is hard, but knowing that I am leaving the newsroom in such good hands, so full of talent and potential, makes it a little easier,” Reed said. “The Intercept plays a very special role in our media ecosystem, and I’m sure it will reach new heights under Roger and Nausicaa’s leadership.”