Following a months-long search, the New York Times Magazine has finally found a new editor in Jake Silverstein, the editor in chief of Texas Monthly.
In an interview with the Times, the newspaper’s managing editor, Dean Baquet, said that the Times Magazine would have a closer relationship with the newspaper than in the past, when it was run separately. “The magazine needs to become more part of the life of the paper,” said Baquet. “The editor needs to be much more of a visible presence in the newsroom and be in on the discussions of how we cover the big stories of the day.”
According to a memo sent to Times staffers from Baquet and executive editor Jill Abramson, the magazine will also undergo a redesign and with a focus on “inventing new ways of telling magazine stories.” There will also be some additions to the magazine’s staff.
The magazine’s most recent editor, Hugo Lindgren, departed last November and is currently editing The Hollywood Reporter, owned by Adweek parent Guggenheim Partners. After initially stating that the Times Magazine would be appointing a new editor by the end of 2014, Abramson reversed course and announced that the Times would take several months to reassess the magazine before naming an editor.
Silverstein, who will take his new position this spring, became the editor of Texas Monthly in 2008. During those years, the magazine received 13 National Magazine Award nominations (and won three), proving that its influence reached far beyond state boundaries. The magazine’s most recent ASME nomination, announced just this week, was for a June feature on “The 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World.”