Fortune Announces Editorial Changes

Earlier we learned of several editorial moves at WWD, and now Fortune has announced their own. Below are the highlights, followed by the memo announcing the changes from Andy Serwer, Fortune’s managing editor.

  • Cliff Leaf is retuning to Fortune as assistant managing editor. Leaf was recently guest editor for The New York Times op-ed page and Sunday Review section. Previously he served as executive editor of Fortune.
  • Megan McCarthy has been named senior editor of She comes to Fortune from Reuters.
  • Andrew Nusca has been named senior editor. He most recently served as writer/editor for CBS Interactive’s ZDNet.
  • Claire Zillman has joined as a writer for She was most recently a staff reporter at American Lawyer magazine.
  • Jen Wieczner has been named writer/reporter. Wieczner comes to Fortune from MarketWatch and The Wall Street Journal.
  • Jaclyn Laraso has been named photo editor of She most recently served as photo editor at
  • Neil Harris has joined Fortune as an associate photo editor. He had been with Time since 2010.


I am delighted to tell you about a great influx of new talent coming to Fortune—some already here, some on their way, but all recently hired. It’s a nice, long list of impressive people, so happy reading!

CLIFF LEAF, Assistant Managing Editor

Cliff of course is returning to Fortune. A winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, the NIHCM’s Health Care Journalism Award, and a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, Cliff was until recently a guest editor for The New York Times op-ed page and Sunday Review. Previously, he was executive editor at The Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney magazine and, prior to that, executive editor at Fortune, where he also wrote a number of prominent feature articles. It was after one such writing assignment, a 2004 Fortune cover story on the war on cancer, that Cliff began working to change the way the global cancer fight is funded and pursued, pushing for ways to speed up progress against the disease—an effort that led (9 years later) to a well-received book, The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer—and How to Win It, published by Simon & Schuster this summer. A keynote or featured speaker at some 30 scientific conferences around the world, Cliff has presented testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel three times and delivered “Grand Rounds” at the National Cancer Institute, the only journalist ever to be given that honor. He also served for three years on the national board of directors for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer charity. Here at Time Inc., Cliff won a Luce Award for public service and the Andrew Heiskell Award for community service. A graduate of Williams College, Cliff later received a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Alicia Slimmer, who is currently shooting her first feature film, and their wonderful daughter Sofia.

MEGAN McCARTHY, Senior Editor,

Megan McCarthy will join us November 4 and help oversee tech coverage along with incoming tech editor Andrew Nusca. She’ll also help manage the staff and the day-to-day news flow on With her extensive background in digital content and publishing, Megan will play a big role in helping to shape the new digital platforms for Fortune. She joins us from Reuters, where she was on the Reuters Digital team and did everything from editing tech stories to managing the homepage of Previously she was a news editor at the New York Observer, the founding editor of Mediagazer, the first human editor at Techmeme, and a writer at and Valleywag. You can follow her on Twitter at @Megan.

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