Ken Wheaton to Depart Ad Age

He's moving on at the end of the year.

WheatonKenFullKen Wheaton, Ad Age’s editor since last year, is leaving the publication at the end of the year to pursue fiction writing.

“You can call it pursuing a dream or just another midlife crisis, but it seemed like a necessary step,” Wheaton told Ad Age. “While I’d been able to crank out three novels earlier in my career, I’ve had a completed first draft in needs of revision sitting neglected at home for the last year-and-a-half and it’s been driving me nuts.”

Wheaton has been with Ad Age since 2000.

Ad Age executive editor Nat Ives and deputy editor Judann Pollack will take on day-to-day editing duties until Wheaton’s successor has been named.