Roger D. Hodge was the editor of Harper’s Magazine from March 2006 through January 2010.
In December 2000, Hodge orchestrated the relaunch of the magazine’s website, Harpers.org, and created the popular “Weekly Review,” a deadpan satire of the twenty-four hour news cycle. In December 2003 he oversaw another radical redesign of Harpers.org; that month he also began writing a monthly print column, “Findings,” a sardonic portrait of recent medical, scientific, and environmental developments, which he continued to write until 2007. Hodge was named deputy editor of the magazine in November 2004, and in April 2006 he replaced Lewis H. Lapham as editor.
During Hodge’s tenure Harper’s Magazine received eight National Magazine Award finalist nominations; the magazine won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2006 and the Award for Fiction in 2008. His writings there include “Blood and Time: Cormac McCarthy and the Twilight of the West,” which appeared in February 2006 and was a National Magazine Award finalist for Reviews and Criticism.
Hodge’s final issue as editor was the March 2010 issue, which included a widely praised report by Scott Horton: “The Guantánamo ‘Suicides’: A Camp Delta Sergeant Blows the Whistle.” That article presents evidence from four named U.S. Military Intelligence guards, including a decorated sergeant, that three Guantánamo Bay prisoners who allegedly committed suicide in 2006 were most likely killed in a secret “black site” known to American soldiers as “Camp No.”
Hodge is also the author most recently of The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism which is a book critical of Obama from the liberal perspective.