Needleman Steps Down As EIC of 'NYT T Magazine'

Deborah Needleman is leaving her post as editor-in-chief of T magazine, the New York Times’ style magazine, after four years.

Executive editor of The New York Times Dean Baquet announced her departure in a staff memo yesterday. He said he will work with T magazine’s executive editor Whitney Vargas and managing editor Minju Pak to decide on who will become the magazine’s next editor.

In the interim, Vargas will fill the role.

A spokesperson told WWD that the team will search inside and outside of the company for a new editor.

While Baquet did not say what Needleman’s next pursuit will be, in the memo he hinted that it “mainly consists of taking a break and enjoying more of the world that T so vibrantly covers,” he wrote.

Under Needleman’s leadership, T underwent a redesign and increased its ad pages.

The luxury magazine -- which is published 13 times a year and covers style, fashion, art, literature, interior design and travel -- had its ad pages grow by 30% in the first three quarters of 2016, compared to the same period in 2012, to 934 pages, according to Business of Fashion.

Previously, Needleman was editor-in-chief of WSJ Magazine.



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