Hannah Karp Named Editorial Director of Billboard Media Group

Courtesy of Valence Media
Hannah Karp

She will oversee all editorial coverage and analysis of the music business.

Billboard Media Group is proud to announce today that Hannah Karp has been named editorial director effective immediately.

The newly created role marks the first new editorial promotion at Billboard since Valence’s acquisition. Karp is being promoted from her most recent role as Billboard’s news director, overseeing all music industry coverage for the publication, and she will now oversee all editorial coverage and analysis of the music business with a specific emphasis on content and serving the industry across platforms.

Karp’s status as an industry veteran represents a shift back to the highest standards of journalism. She has played an essential role in managing breaking and enterprising news stories across Billboard’s digital platform since joining in April, 2017, assembling the magazine's Topline section, and advising in the curation of Billboard’s power lists and many news features.

“Promoted from within, she both knows and is known to the industry, while her editorial vision aligns with the bigger business vision across platforms, genres and territory lines as well as print, digital and television live events and conferences. Also worth noting, Hannah is the first woman in the history of the publication to assume this role,” says Deanna Brown, Valence managing director.

Prior to joining Billboard, Karp led business-related music coverage at The Wall Street Journal. As the newspaper’s music industry reporter, she covered breaking news, crafted narrative features, wrote for the publication’s business, entertainment and technology blogs, and covered earnings and financial news. Over the course of the decade-plus Karp spent at The Wall Street Journal, she covered a range of beats including sports, national news, the consumer product industry, travel and lifestyle. Her sports coverage for the publication won her the Newswoman’s Club’s Front Page Award in 2011. The Berkeley, Calif. native graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in economics and has a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University.

“Hannah has an exemplary history as a journalist, and particularly in music. She is respected throughout our hallways, and our industry,” said Modi Wiczyk, Co-CEO of Valence Media. “We know that she will relentlessly pursue integrity — in our journalism, in our charts, in our corporate culture and in our interactions with our industry constituents.”

Billboard’s 13th Annual Women in Music Event in New York tonight (Dec. 6) will mark Karp’s first official outing as editorial director. The highly regarded event, held in conjunction with the release of Billboard’s Women in Music issue, honors top female artists and powerful female executives in the industry.