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2012 October 17

WSJ.'s New EIC: Harpers Bazaar's Kristina O'Neill

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(NEW YORK) WSJ. has found Deborah Needleman's successor for the editor-in-chief gig, and it's definitely not one of the names swirling about for the past few weeks: Kristina O'Neill is departing Harper's Bazaar after a dozen years, most recently in the capacity of executive editor, to helm the Journal's luxe glossy. "WSJ. Magazine is on a roll, and I can't wait to pick up the momentum and create content that further drives the conversation," O'Neill said in a statement. 

That momentum will translate to increased frequency of WSJ. and "expanding global reach," said Robert Thomson, Dow Jones & Company's EIC and the Journal's managing editor, in a company statement. “The appointment of Kristina, one of America’s most talented editors, marks a new phase of the exponential evolution of WSJ.,” said Thomson. 

When O'Neill assumes her new role on October 29, she will report to Ruth Altchek, a Needleman protege of sorts. Concurrent with O'Neill's appointment, Altchek has been promoted from Off Duty editor to editorial director for WSJ Weekend, a role in which Altchek will oversee Off Duty as well as WSJ. The flurry of WSJ. news comes conveniently in time for tomorrow evening's second annual "Innovator of the Year Awards" at the MoMA, during which the mag will honor a spate of six trailblazers in celebration of its next issue bearing the same theme, which drops next weekend.

As executive editor at Bazaar, O'Neill has served as Glenda Bailey's righthand woman for the mag, as well as EIC of the title's annuual offshoot, Runway Report, and exec editor of special publications like Harper’s Bazaar Best Covers and Harper’s Bazaar Greatest Hits book. O'Neill joined Bazaar as fashion writer in 2000, prior to which the NYU alum held stints at New York and Time Out New York

Over at
T, where Needleman was named EIC three weeks ago after spending two and a half years at the helm of WSJ., today brought heady news, if not hiring announcements, for WSJ.'s main competitor, according to Capital New York. Needleman apparently has been granted her purported request for a decreased frequency of T, which is cutting back from 15 to 13 issues per year, as well as a redesign of the mag and spiffed-up format and paper quality. Let the battle of the newspapers' glossies begin! 
ALEXANDRA ILYASHOV  




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