Business of Fashion have reported over the weekend that Condé Nast has found its successor for Graydon Carter at Vanity Fair. According to BoF sources, the editor-in-chief role will go to Radhika Jones, current editorial director of the books department at the New York Times.
Before joining the Times, Jones worked at Time magazine where she was the deputy managing editor and oversaw several special issues including Time's Person of the Year and the Time 100. It's this experience that has been noted as an important reason for her hire given that Vanity Fair requires relationships with leaders from the publishing industry, Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
BoF reported that a number of candidates were considered as Carter's replacement including The Hollywood Reporter co-president and CCO Janice Min, as well as Esquire editor-in-chief Jay Fielden. Television personalities Anderson Cooper and Jon Stewart were also rumoured to be in the running. However, in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the company were apparently focused on hiring a woman for the role – a decision jointly made by Condé Nast authorities Bob Sauerberg (chief executive) Vogue's Anna Wintour and The New Yorker's David Remnick.