Former Axios reporter Alexi McCammond will not join Teen Vogue as editor in chief next week after submitting her resignation on Thursday.
“My past tweets have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues that I care about… and so Conde Nast and I have decided to part ways,” McCammond said Thursday on her Twitter account. Her resignation follows Teen Vogue staff members condemning McCammond for tweets she posted a decade ago that were seen to be racist and homophobic.
“I should not have tweeted what I did and I have taken full responsibility for that. I look at my work and growth in the years since and have redoubled my commitment to growing in the years to come as both a person and as a professional,” McCammond added.
“We know this has been a challenging time for so many. Our most important work as a company right now is embodied in the focused efforts we are all undertaking to become more equitable and inclusive. Our commitment to these issues is sincere and unwavering. It’s fair to say that Alexi McCammond’s appointment with Teen Vogue brought many difficult and important conversations to the forefront over the last few weeks,” Stan Duncan, chief people officer at Conde Nast, said in an internal email to Teen Vogue that was obtained by THR.
“I want to be fully transparent with you about our decision-making process regarding her appointment. When Alexi was a teenager, she made racially charged statements on social media about Asian people. Alexi was straightforward and transparent about these posts during our interview process and through public apologies years ago. Given her previous acknowledgement of these posts and her sincere apologies, in addition to her remarkable work in journalism elevating the voices of marginalized communities, we were looking forward to welcoming her into our community. In addition, we were hopeful that Alexi would become part of our team to provide perspective and insight that is underrepresented throughout media,” Duncan added.
But in the wake of a white gunman being charged with murdering eight people, most of whom are Asian women, during attacks in Atlanta, McCammond’s resignation followed. “After speaking with Alexi this morning, we agreed that it was best to part ways, so as to not overshadow the important work happening at Teen Vogue,” Duncan told employees.