Jann Wenner has plugged one of the gaping holes of his Men’s Journal clipper. While publisher Carlos Lamadrid jumped overboard yesterday, Wenner gets one in the W column today with the announcement that Tom Foster is Men’s Journal’s new editor in chief. Foster is now the fourth editor in five years to run the magazine and replaces Michael Caruso who walked out last month. Foster decamped from Men’s Journal earlier this year to be senior features editor at Men’s Health and Best Life, and returns to Men’s Journal after Wenner struggled publicly to fill the top spot. The official release follows:
WENNER MEDIA NAMES TOM FOSTER EDITOR OF MEN’S JOURNAL
November 1, 2005 — Wenner Media Chairman Jann Wenner announced today that Tom Foster has been named editor of Men’s Journal.
Foster spent five years with Men’s Journal from 2000 to 2005 and was instrumental in defining the magazine’s editorial focus on adventure. As deputy editor of the magazine, Foster edited features by award-winning writers such as Hampton Sides, Rick Bragg, Rick Telander, Mark Levine, and Jonathan Miles. Foster’s work on two separate articles by Hampton Sides (“The First to Die,” in 2003, and ” The Survivors,” in 2004) resulted in them becoming finalists for national magazine awards for feature writing. He also developed several of the magazine’s perennial top-selling cover franchises, such as “50 Best Places to Live.”
“Tom Foster’s fresh ideas, creativity, and dedication to exceptional journalism, as well as his experience with the magazine, makes him the perfect choice for this position,” said Jann Wenner.
“This is something of a homecoming for me,” said Foster. “I’m thrilled to be back, especially at such a high point in the magazine’s history. Men’s Journal has always been a home for great writing and essential service to help men live the most exciting lives they can, and that’s what it will continue to be.”
Foster earned a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 2000. He most recently worked as features editor at Men’s Health and Best Life. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.