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`ANONYMOUS’ LEAVES JOB TO WRITE FOR NEW YORKER

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Joe Klein, the formerly anonymous author of "Primary Colors," is quitting his job as a political reporter and columnist for Newsweek to write for The New Yorker.

Klein, 50, will write the magazine's "Letter from Washington" column starting in December, editor Tina Brown said. He replaces Michael Kelly, who is taking over editorship of The New Republic."Joe Klein is a superb reporter and analyst, as he proved at Newsweek, and a real writer, as he proved with `Primary Colors.' That's a combination you don't often come across," Brown said.

For months, Klein emphatically denied being "Anonymous," the author of the fictional behind-the-scenes tale of the 1992 presidential primaries. He owned up to his work only after The Washington Post identified him through handwriting analysis from galley proofs.

Klein, who received a National Headliner Award in 1994 for his Newsweek column, "Public Lives," resigned as a CBS news consultant following his admission that he was "Anonymous."