Vanity Fair Lands Radhika Jones for Top Editorial Job: Report

Current New York Times books editor to take over after Graydon Carter's 25-year-run.

November 12, 2017 10:21 am
Radhika Jones
TIME deputy managing editor Radhika Jones speaks at the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)

There is a major news story surrounding Vanity Fair — only this time inside the magazine’s offices instead of its pages.

New York Times books editor Radhika Jones will be named as editor of the prestigious magazine as early as Monday, succeeding 68-year-old Graydon Carter after a 25-year run, The Times reported.

The hiring of Jones, 44, brings not only a younger eye to the general-interest monthly, but an editorial pedigree worthy of one of the most influential positions in all of journalism. Before her stint at the Times, the Harvard- and Columbia grad was previously the deputy managing editor at Time, and before that a managing editor at the literary staple, the Paris Review. 

Jones inherits the mantle at a more chaotic time for Vanity Fair than when Carter took the post from his predecessor, Tina Brown, in 1992. Publisher Condé Nast has struggled to adapt in the digital age, and the company is expecting to post $100 million less in revenue this year than 2016 — which, among other cuts, has led to companywide layoffs and the shuttering of Teen Vogue.

Jones may give Vanity Fair the best of both mediums.

“With the selection of Ms. Jones, Condé Nast has made clear that it still respects print, even as it looks to a digital future less tied to its magazines,” according to The Times. 

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