Glamour Hires CNN Alumna as New Editor-in-Chief

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Samantha Barry

Samantha Barry, who previously served as the executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN Worldwide, begins her position next week.

Conde Nast has named Samantha Barry as Glamour magazine's new editor-in-chief, replacing outgoing editor Cindi Leive, who had held the position since 2001 and announced her resignation in September. Barry will begin her new post on Jan. 15. 

Barry comes to Glamour from CNN Worldwide, where she served as the executive producer for social and emerging media, leading social teams and working across CNN bureaus to develop editorial team strategies for publishing, digital, TV and news gathering.

In a statement, Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour acknowledged that Barry is the publication's first digital-native editor, writing that “she arrives from the future rather than the past," and seeming to emphasize Glamour's shift to a digital-first strategy. "Sam understands social media as a tool for storytelling and reporting; a way to support social conversation and the ever-changing contours of what’s cool.”

Wintour also highlighted Barry's accomplishments outside of the realm of fashion and beauty, signaling an increased focus in sociopolitical issues for the glossy. “As an editor she has led all manner of news coverage from the 2016 presidential election and the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting to the love story voicemails and the 2018 New Year's Eve festivities," said Wintour. 

“I am as humbled by Glamour’s past as I am excited about Glamour’s future,” said Barry in a release. "For me, Glamour is the home of strong storytellers, insightful journalism, beauty and fashion. I look forward to building on the brand’s success, and sharing Glamour with audiences everywhere.”

Prior to the appointment, many had speculated that Elaine Welteroth, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue (which recently announced that it would be shuttering its quarterly print issues to go digital-only) who is credited for the title's widely praised political coverage during the 2016 election cycle, would be assuming the position. The choice to hire a CNN alum, however, proves that the women's magazine is nonetheless interested in sinking its teeth into more political coverage.