Essence Top Editor to Exit

Angela Burt-Murray, the top editor of leading African-American women’s magazine Essence, is stepping down after five years at the helm.
In a memo put out Nov. 5, Time Inc. editor in chief John Huey said Burt-Murray was leaving to move with her family to Atlanta. A search for a new editor at the 1 million-circ magazine is underway. In the interim, Sheryl Tucker, former executive editor of Time Inc., will serve as acting editor in chief, along with Marcia Gillespie, a former editor in chief of Essence.
In his memo, Huey called out Burt-Murray for adapting Essence to a changing media landscape; expanding its coverage to include news and relationships; and adding book and special issue extensions, among others.

Burt-Murray also was at the center of controversy earlier this year, which Huey didn’t mention, when she hired a white editorial staffer.