Radhika Jones, editorial director of the books department at The New York Times, has been hired as the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. When Graydon Carter announced his departure from the magazine earlier this year, the publishing world swirled with successor predictions—the Times suggested it might be either Adam Moss of New York Magazine or Janice Min of The Hollywood Reporter. Janice ticked some boxes—Graydon Carter, with his Oscar parties and those bi- and tri-fold who’s who of Hollywood covers, left some A-list-connected shoes to fill. Adam Moss ticked boxes concerned with more journalistic gravitas, but New York Magazine does everything well. Ironic, then, that while neither Times suggestion panned out, Radhika Jones from…the Times, will get the gig. And get this, Sydney Ember at the Times posted a piece on Saturday about the rumored hire. This is a quote from her piece: “A spokeswoman for Condé Nast declined to comment. The Times also declined to comment.” Apparently, people at The New York Times don’t talk to each other. But I digress.
Among the many names rumored to be in the running, Jones’ wasn’t one of them. Condé Nast was thought to be considering a “bigger name,” but Jones’ previous position as deputy managing editor at Time Magazine puts her in good stead. There, she oversaw special issues like Time‘s Person of the Year and the Time 100, and also led the annual Time 100 Gala.
In a statement announcing the hire, Condé’s chief executive, Bob Sauerberg, said, “Radhika is an exceptionally talented editor who has the experience and insight to drive the cultural conversation—balancing distinctive journalism with culture and humor. Her experience covering news and entertainment has given her a thorough understanding of the importance of chronicling and celebrating the moments that matter. With her expansive worldview, I know she will guide Vanity Fair’s history of provocative and enduring storytelling well into its future.” Radhika steps into her new role on December 11.