With Needleman at the helm, the magazine has been a provactive piece of The New York Times puzzle, running captivating stories such as the much-gossiped-about e-mail interview between actor Natalie Portman and author Jonathan Safran Foer.
In a memo to staff on Monday, The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet wrote that Needleman decided to leave the magazine to take some time off. He also applauded the quality of the magazine under her reign.
“It would have been enough for T to be just aesthetically pleasing, a place for great photography, stunning interiors. But Deborah turned it into something much more,” Baquet wrote. “Under Deborah, T ceaselessly explored the landscape of art and culture.”
New York Media has promoted two. Lauren Kern is now executive editor, overseeing all publications, including Vulture, the Cut, Grub Street, and New York magazine. David Kashell is now editor of business and strategy, working on editorial-based growth initiatives and new business opportunities including e-commerce and book/TV deals. He will continue editing stories for the magazine and online verticals, though at a reduced volume.
Things continue to change at Modern Luxury. Phebe Wahl is now editor-in-chief of Manhattan and Beach magazines. She replaces Cristina Cuomo, who launched Beach. Publisher Andrea Greeven has also left the company. This shakeup follows the October departure of editorial director Beth Weitzman. She was replaced by Stephanie Davis Smith.
The Fader has hired Shon Mogharabi as strategy director. Mogharabi will work with the sales, marketing, and content teams to develop new and existing programs and new business at The Fader.