Kristina O’Neill, Glenda Bailey’s No. 2 at Harper’s Bazaar and a force behind its widely praised March redesign, is getting her own magazine: O’Neill has decamped for the top editor spot at The Wall Street Journal’s glossy WSJ. She replaces Deborah Needleman, who recently was hired away by WSJ. archrival T: The New York Times Style Magazine—which, as if trying to steal the Journal's thunder, beat the Journal's press release by minutes with its own announcement about an upcoming redesign.
O’Neill’s role will be different from Needleman’s in a couple of respects: in addition to editing WSJ., Needleman oversaw the Journal’s weekend lifestyle section, Off Duty (although its editor Ruth Altchek was running it day to day). Altchek was elevated to a newly created position of editorial director for WSJ Weekend, overseeing WSJ. and Off Duty. O’Neill will edit WSJ. and report to Altchek. She starts Oct. 29.
Altchek, like Needleman before her, will report to Journal senior deputy managing editor Mike Miller.
O’Neill spent 12 years at Bazaar, most recently serving as executive editor. Before joining Bazaar, she held editorial roles at New York and Time Out New York.
WSJ. launched in September 2008 as a quarterly. It recently announced plans to expand its frequency to 11 issues in 2013 and 12 issues in 2014.