Vanity Fair Names Radhika Jones Next Editor, Succeeding Graydon Carter

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Radhika Jones

The editor previously oversaw books coverage at The New York Times.

On Monday, Condé Nast announced that Radhika Jones will follow the retiring Graydon Carter and serve as the next editor of Vanity Fair. Jones, who was rumored over the weekend to be the leading candidate, will start in the position on Dec. 11.

Jones comes to the glossy from The New York Times, where she has served since November 2016 as editorial director for book coverage. "I'll miss my @nytimes colleagues tremendously," she wrote on Twitter. "It's been a privilege to be part of Dean Baquet's newsroom."

Condé Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg described Jones as "an exceptionally talented editor who has the experience and insight to drive the cultural conversation." He added: "Her experience covering news and entertainment has given her a thorough understanding of the importance of chronicling and celebrating the moments that matter.  With her expansive worldview, I know she will guide Vanity Fair’s history of provocative and enduring storytelling well into its future."

Jones was not among the first group of candidates rumored to be in contention for the high-profile editing job, but has distinguished herself both at the Times and as an editor at Time magazine.

While his departure has been rumored for years, a New York Times story on Sept. 7 announcing Carter's plan to leave the magazine after 25 years shocked the media, fashion and entertainment industries. "I am honored to succeed Graydon Carter as editor and excited to get to work," Jones said in a release.

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