Luo Named Editor,

Michael Luo has been named editor of The New, succeeding Nicholas Thompson, who left at the end of last month to become editor of Wiredmagazine.

New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick wrote in an e-mail to staff that Luo would “maintain the standards of accuracy, fairness, and rigor that have made what it is.”

Luo, who has served as the pub's senior editor-investigations editor since November, will continue to be involved in discussing and planning investigative work at The New Yorker. He will also work with Remnick, deputy editor Pam McCarthy and chief business officer Lisa Hughe on overall digital strategy.



Before he joined The New Yorker, Luo spent 13 years at The New York Times, most recently as a deputy editor on the metro desk.

Thompson was a Wired editor for five years before joining The New Yorker in 2010. Under his tenure as digital editor, the site's monthly readers increased nearly eight-fold. He oversaw the site’s redesign, the launch of its app and introduced a metered paywall.

In the most recent Magazine Media 360° Brand Audience Report from MPA, based on November 2016 data, The New Yorker had the most percentage growth in total audience compared to a year ago, beating New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire.

Separately, Vanity Fair will join The New Yorker in pulling out of hosting the correspondents’ dinner parties around the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner event.

According to The New York Times, The New Yorker is canceling the kickoff party it typically holds at the W Hotel, and Vanity Fair is pulling out of co-sponsoring the dinner’s most exclusive after-party, most recently hosted at the French ambassador’s residence.

Trump has openly criticized Vanity Fair, tweeting in December: “Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!”

This week’s cover of The New Yorker, features an illustration entitled “Liberty’s Flameout,” and shows the Statue of Liberty’s torch raised and burned out. “This year, as a response to the opening weeks of the Trump Administration, particularly the executive order on immigration, we feature John W. Tomac’s dark, unwelcoming image, 'Liberty’s Flameout'," the magazine’s culture desk editor Francoise Mully explained.

The publications likely felt it was inappropriate to throw flashy parties around a White House event, while covering an administration that has been openly hostile to the media.

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