New York Times Magazine Raids Texas Monthly for New Editor

Jake Silverstein Will Oversee a Redesign

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The New York Times has named Texas Monthly Editor-in-Chief Jake Silverstein as the new editor of The New York Times Magazine, the company said Friday. He will oversee a redesign of the magazine.

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The hire caps off a three-month review of the magazine by Times Managing Editor Dean Baquet and T magazine editor Deborah Needleman. When Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson announced the review in December, she said she owed staff "more clarity on how the magazine relates to the rest of our news report and how it can be the most distinctive, edifying, pleasurable part of our news offerings."

The Times had sought a new editor for the magazine after Hugo Lindgren exited the role in November.

Mr. Silverstein has steered Texas Monthly to 12 National Magazine Award nominations, four of which the magazine won, once for General Excellence. He was previously a reporter for the Big Bend Sentinel in Marfa, Tex., a Fulbright Scholar and a contributing editor for Harper's.

"Jake is an ambitious and provocative editor who, given the depth of his talents and experience, will make for a dynamic new leader of The New York Times Magazine," Ms. Abramson said in a prepared statement.

Ad pages in the magazine were up slightly -- 0.1% -- from the prior year, thanks partly to T Travel, according to Media Industry Newsletter.

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