Newsweek Lays Off Impoco and More | People on the Move — 02.14.17
A new digital editor joins Wired.com, while a style veteran joins a young magazine.
Jim Impoco is out of his role as editor-in-chief at Newsweek after 3.5 years at the magazine. He is replaced by Matt McAllester, editor of the London-based Newsweek International. McAllester will relocate to New York and work under the title of global editor-in-chief.
Margarita Noreiga, executive editor of Newsweek.com, was also let go. In a series of Tweets early Wednesday, Noreiga said that her team doubled site traffic organically by focusing on original reporting.
It’s been a rocky few months at parent company IBT Media, which laid of dozens of staff members from IB Times and Newsweek over summer. A July reorg separated Newsweek organizationally from other IBT Media brands in a move which implied that the magazine — which turns 84 this week — might be put on the market.
Following layoffs, employees at IB Times claimed the company had unpaid invoices and had offered insufficient severance to the 50-plus people laid off between March and June. Hopefully Impoco and Noreiga experience a more courteous departure.
Here are the rest of this week's people on the move…
Andrea Valdez has been named the new editor of Wired.com. Valdez joins from her role as digital editor at Texas Monthly. She will join the freshly appointed editor-in-chief Nick Thompson at the San Francisco office of Wired in March. Valdez replaces Joe Brown, who left the role in August to become EIC of Popular Science.
Also new to Wired are audience development director Indu Chandrasekhar, who joins from MarketWatch, and social media director Natalie DiBlasio, who joins from USA Today.
Hal Rubenstein is now East Coast editor of men’s lifestyle magazine FourTwoNine. Rubenstein, a founding editor of Instyle, has also spent time at New York, and The New York Times Magazine.
Whitney Vargas, interim EIC at T Magazine, has left the publication. Vargas took over from her role as executive editor of T — The New York Times’ style magazine — following EIC Deborah Needleman’s departure in November.