After several months of widespread anticipation and speculation, Radhika Jones, the editorial director of the books department at The New York Times, has been named the next editor of Vanity Fair, Condé Nast announced today.
Back in September, former editor Graydon Carter revealed that he was stepping down from his role at the magazine after a 25-year run as editor-in-chief.
Carter’s exit from Vanity Fair was the first in a “mass exodus” of top editors stepping down from their long-time positions at major magazines, including Nancy Gibbs departing from Time, Robbie Myers from Elle, and Cindi Leive from Glamour.
While Time and Elle have tapped new top editors, the magazine world has anxiously been awaiting the pick for Carter’s replacement.
Jones joins Vanity Fair from The New York Times, and formerly served as deputy managing editor at Time magazine. She holds degrees from both Harvard College and Columbia University.
“Radhika is an exceptionally talented editor who has the experience and insight to drive the cultural conversation—balancing distinctive journalism with culture and humor,” said Bob Sauerberg, president and CEO of Condé Nast in a company statement. “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.”
The announcement comes at a tumultuous time for the organization, with recent layoffs and print reductions at titles such as Teen Vogue, Allure and GQ.