Condé Nast Appoints First Black Editor-In-Chief in 100 Year History
Keija Minor’s appointment as editor-in-chief of Brides, the world’s largest weddings magazine, makes her the first black editor-in-chief to ever head a Condé Nast publication. In addition to Brides, Condé Nast also publishes GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired, Vogue, and, Glamour.
From Journalism blog Poynter.org:
Minor had been executive editor of Brides since November 2011, and was acting editor-in-chief after Fulenwider left. Before Brides, Minor was editor-in-chief of Uptown Magazine, a luxury title targeting African Americans. She was also editor-in-chief of Gotham.
Given that not many blacks make it to the higher echelons of white media, this is history making, especially for a powerhouse conglomerate like Condé Nast. But Minor’s resumé speaks for itself, and she has paid her dues at a number of high profile publications before landing the top spot at Brides.
And although the magazine industry is still lilly white, it seems to be making a bit of progress in that arena, Huffington Post reports:
Ebony’s EIC Amy DuBois Barnett was Managing Editor (Time, Inc.’s equivalent of an EIC position) at Teen People, which made her the first African-American woman to head a mainstream consumer magazine. And she’s in good company withNewsweek’s former EIC Mark Whitaker, who was the first African-American to lead a national news magazine before becoming Executive Vice President and managing editor for CNN Worldwide.
‘Keija’s contribution to Brides over the past several months has been invaluable and will enable her to step seamlessly into the role of editor-in-chief,’ Condé Nast editorial director Tom Wallace told mediabistro.com.
‘She is a gifted editor. Brides will benefit from both her energy and her passion.’
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