It’s been over a month since Hugo Lindgren confirmed his departure as editor of the New York Times Magazine, but don’t expect a successor to be named anytime soon. In a memo sent to the newspaper’s staff today, executive editor Jill Abramson said that rather than appointing a new editor by the end of the year as previously planned, the Times would be taking several months to reassess the Sunday magazine as a whole before choosing a new leader.
“I owe you more than a new editor. I owe you more clarity on how the magazine relates to the rest of our news report and how it can be the most distinctive, edifying, pleasurable part of our news offerings,” Abramson wrote. “You might argue that the new editor should figure all of this out and decide. I actually believe these are issues so pressing that they need to be addressed by the leadership of the newsroom.”
To lead this “deep dive” into the magazine over the next three months, Abramson has tapped Times managing editor Dean Baquet and T Magazine editor Deborah Needleman. The magazine’s deputy editors Lauren Kern and Joel Lovell will continue to oversee its production until a new top editor is appointed.
This three-month reevaluation “allows us to hit the pause button and think in a more disciplined way about where we want the magazine to go,” Abramson wrote. “Then will come the moment to appoint a new editor to lead the way.”