After 25 years with Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter is leaving and Radhika Jones has been named his successor. “I truly feel honored to be entrusted with this role,” Jones, who is 44, said.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT JONES
Jones embodies a #girlboss. Her resume is stacked: including a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph. D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia. Beyond her impressive education is her work history. Jones has worked for several major publications including being the former deputy managing editor at Time Magazine, the managing editor of The Paris Review, and most recently the editorial director of the books department of The New York Times. Her next job title will be the Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair, one of Conde Nast’s most prominent magazines. She is slated to begin this role on December 11, 2017, making Jones the first Indian American EIC of a major publication and the first non-Caucasian EIC of Vanity Fair.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM JONES
“There is nothing else out there quite like Vanity Fair. It doesn’t just reflect our culture—it drives our understanding of it. It can mix high and low, wit and gravitas, powerful narrative and irresistible photography. It has a legacy of influential reporting, unmatchable style and, above all, dedication to its readers. I am honored to succeed Graydon Carter as editor and excited to get to work.” In an interview by the magazine itself, Jones notes how she looks forward to focusing more on the magazines digital platforms and events rather than print. Jones notes that these are “both areas where Vanity Fair is already strong and it would be incredible to build on that.”
OTHERS ON RADHIKA’S APPOINTMENT
Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, says, ‘In Radhika, we are so proud to have a fearless and brilliant editor whose intelligence and curiosity will define the future of Vanity Fair.’
‘Whip-smart and unassuming, with meticulous handwriting and an erstwhile fondness for Tetris, Ms Jones seems suited to a new era — of transformation but also of restraint — at Vanity Fair and Condé Nast.’ – The New York Times
‘She is one of the broadest editors around. She knows books, art and politics. And she is a wonderful colleague. It was a smart hire.’ – Dean Banquet, executive editor of the NYT