Seasoned journalist and current deputy editor Anthony Doman will pick up the editorial reins at South Africa’s leading science and technology brand on 1 October with the retirement of founding editor Alan Duggan, who has held the position since Popular Mechanics was launched locally in August 2002 – the centenary year of the eponymous American title.
Publisher Neil Piper described Doman’s appointment as “well deserved and entirely appropriate”, adding: “As part of a small but highly experienced team, Anthony’s contribution to the magazine, its digital channels and brand extensions has been critical to its success. His appointment crowns a 20-year career with RamsayMedia and signals a new phase in the life story of this award-winning title. We wish him every success.”
Said Doman: “I’d like to pay tribute to outgoing editor Alan Duggan for having crafted a uniquely South African offering that, besides being entertaining and thought-provoking, is an absolute blast to work on. I fully intend to keep that vibe going.” That aside, the new man’s immediate goals include boosting Popular Mechanics’ consumer tech and DIY coverage.