The Fader Names Duncan Cooper Editor in Chief

And Robert Semmer is upped to creative director, video

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The Fader names Duncan Cooper editor in chief and promotes Robert Semmer to creative director, video.

Cooper has been with Fader since 2011, when he joined as an editor. He was most recently executive editor before this newest promotion. As befitting someone who works for a magazine that covers music, he is also a musician with three EPs, as Wildarms, under his belt.

“I’ve been lucky to grow alongside The Fader for the past seven years,” says Cooper. “I’m proud of our breadth as a news outlet and of our thoughtful high-end storytelling, whether that’s in longform articles online and in print or in the films we produce. Our staff is boundlessly creative, with the utmost integrity, and my biggest goal is to make sure we’re telling the best stories in the best ways. I look especially forward to experimenting in new media, and to continue using the unique platform of The Fader to connect cultures.”

And speaking of film, Semmer’s new role will have him overseeing both original and branded content, in short and long form, for the publication. “What I’m most proud of in my two years at The Fader is the quality of the work we are creating in print, online and video,” he says. “Looking ahead, we will continue to tell the stories that matter to our culture, while focusing on new and innovative ways to tell those stories.” Semmer joined Fader in 2015 as a senior producer.

Cooper replaces previous EIC Naomi Zeichner, who was had been editor in chief since 2014.