For the first time in nearly two decades, Harper’s Bazaar has a new editor-in-chief.
Samira Nasr, currently the executive fashion director at Vanity Fair, has been named the next top editor of the publication’s U.S. edition, Hearst Magazines announced Tuesday. Nasr succeeds Glenda Bailey, who announced she was stepping down from that post in January after a 19-year run to take on a global consulting role for the magazine.
It’s a return to Hearst for Nasr, who was fashion director at Elle from 2013 to 2018, when she jumped to Condé Nast to join Vanity Fair under then-newly appointed editor-in-chief Radhika Jones. Prior to Elle, Nasr was style director at InStyle.
In a video posted on Instagram Tuesday evening, Nasr said she was “honored” by the appointment and noted the “particular moment in our nation’s history” in which it has occurred.
“As the proud daughter of a Lebanese father and Trinidadian mother, my worldview is expansive and is anchored in the belief that representation matters. My lens, by nature, is colorful, and so it is important to me to begin a new chapter in Bazaar‘s history by shining a light on all individuals who I believe are the inspiring voices of our time,” she said. “It is a thrilling challenge to be in a position to reimagine what a fashion magazine can be in today’s world, and I know that this position places me in a particular intersection that I do not take lightly.”
Reporting to Hearst Magazines chief content officer, Kate Lewis, Nasr begins her new role on July 6.
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The Information has landed a pair of high-profile tech reporters, founder and editor-in-chief Jessica Lessin said Monday. Paris Martineau, previously a staff writer for New York magazine, The Outline and, most recently, Wired, is joining the subscription-based tech site primarily to cover Amazon, based in New York. Martineau was one of about 100 employees laid off at Condé Nast last month, she said at the time.
And based in London, Mark Di Stefano, a former media and tech reporter for Buzzfeed and the Financial Times, will cover “Amazon and Big Tech’s European battles,” Lessin said, adding that he’s the site’s first hire in Europe. Di Stefano lands at The Information about six weeks after resigning from the FT amid accusations from another publication, The Independent, that he listened in on a staff Zoom meeting without permission.
Leah Gentry has joined WebMD as group VP, content, reporting to SVP of operations and former Rodale COO Beth Buehler. She’ll be responsible for content strategy and “many aspects” of the brand’s editorial teams, WebMD said in an announcement. Gentry joins from the financial services provider USAA, where she spent the past two years as director of digital product management, content.
Dave Levinthal has joined Business Insider parent Insider Inc. as senior Washington correspondent in the company’s recently established D.C. bureau. He joins from the Center for Public Integrity, where he spent the past seven years as a politics editor, senior reporter and, most recently, editor-at-large.
Over at Bustle Digital Group, Jeena Sharma has joined Nylon, where she’ll write about fashion, beauty and culture. Sharma was most recently a beauty reporter at Paper magazine.
New York magazine hired Wolfgang Ruth as an associate producer for Snapchat and social media. Ruth was previously a social media and video intern at Refinery29 and as a freelance writer, has contributed to GQ, Billboard and Cosmopolitan, among other publications.
Sue-Lin Wong, currently South China correspondent for the Financial Times, is jumping to The Economist as a China correspondent. Prior to joining the FT in 2019, Wong had spent four years as a reporter for Reuters.
On Monday, Refinery29 editor-in-chief Christene Barberich and Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport both resigned from their respective publications. More on the circumstances surrounding those departures here.
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