Finally a magazine shuffle that has nothing to do with drops in ad revenue. WWD is reporting that after attending a Barack Obama fund-raiser hosted by Calvin Klein, Anna Wintour, Shelby Bryan and Andre Leon Talley, Elle associate publisher Samantha Fennell has decided to jump ship and join the campaign: “I’ve been raising money for magazines for 15 years, so I figure I can do this.” Fennell is not the first media type to take their love of Obama to its extreme conclusion. Back in May former ABC News correspondent and contributing editor at the National Journal Linda Douglass also crossed the line.
As a result of Fennel’s departure Elle will move Daniel Ragone, vice president and publisher Elle Decor, to vice president/managing director at Elle and Barbara Friedmann, vice president/group marketing director for Elle and Elle Decor, will step in as vice president/acting publisher of Elle Decor. So basically the way things are going maybe all Sam Zell needs to do is throw a Obama fund-raiser in the hopes of pawning off all his excess reporters on the campaign.