New York Magazine Names David Haskell as New Editor in Chief

“He is a brilliant editor, boundlessly creative, and always inventive in the service of our journalism,” New York Media CEO Pam Wasserstein says


New York Magazine has named David Haskell its new editor in chief, the company announced in a press release on Wednesday.

Haskell will replace Adam Moss, who had been the magazine’s editor in chief for 15 years. Moss announced on Tuesday that he would step down from his position at the end of March.

“When Adam told me that he’d be stepping down, it was quickly apparent to me that David should be the person to succeed him, and I’m thrilled that he accepted the challenge,” New York Media CEO Pam Wasserstein said in the release.

“He is a brilliant editor, boundlessly creative, and always inventive in the service of our journalism,” Wasserstein added. “We have worked closely together, particularly in the last two years, when he has helped us to establish new business ventures that build on our legacy in exciting ways. I know that he will uphold the highest standards of excellence and delight our readers.”

Haskell has been an editor at New York Magazine since 2007 and his selection caps a brief period of media speculation over who would be Moss’s replacement.

“David is a staggering editorial talent, with tremendous leadership abilities and deep experience in the specialness of this place. He is steeped in our creative sensibility,” Wasserstein wrote in a note to the company’s staff, which circulated on Wednesday. “If you love something about what we do here, chances are David had a substantial role in creating it. After twelve years at New York, he has edited almost 300 features, some of our most outstanding editorial packages, and much of our longform political coverage.”

Moss told employees that he was tired of the job and looking to do something else.

“Editors ought to have term-limits. Experience is good, but after a while every institution needs a blood transfusion,” Moss said.  “Plus: I’ve always only really known how to edit for myself, and I no longer feel that makes sense for me and New York.”