New York Media Power Couples: The Varsity Lineup and the Incoming Class

  • Tina and Sir Harry, Ken and Binky, Nan and Gay — the long-standing Old Guard of media couples are well known. But who else is at the top of the love-in-journalism field? We’ve compiled a primer. And what of the next generation of ink-stained hot-and-heavies? We’ve also included the next generation of media power couples. (Be prepared to feel old, underachieving and poorly dressed.)

    As we all know, love in the media world is a many-splendored, competitive and often transient thing: we can only vouch for these relationships at the time of publication.
    Is there anyone we left sitting on the bench?

  • Mr. Stelter, a media reporter for The New York Times, and Ms. Lapin the anchor of CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange,”caused a small stir this Spring by posting pics of PDA on their Instagram and Facebook accounts announcing they were dating. It’s been a big year for the 25-year-old Stelter who stars in the recently-released documentary “Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times.” He earned his first book deal, did his first disaster coverage for the Times, became a serious Twitter star, and completed a stunning weight loss. Now he’s teamed up with Lapin, who, at 27, is one of CNBC’s youngest and most Kate-Middleton-y anchors.

  • The marriage of the editor of the fashion magazine Marie Claire (her) and the primary journalistic chronicler of Zimbabwe under the iron thumb of Robert Mugabe (him) sounds like something out of a bad romantic comedy, but Ms. Coles and Mr. Godwin have been charming New York media circles for years, winning over the locals by throwing wild parties in their Upper West Side apartment. Never ones to succumb to ordinary tradition, the two only married when Ms. Coles was pregnant with their second child. And when she was pregnant with their first they co-wrote The Three of Us, an endearing memoir about being an expecting young media couple relocated to New York from London.

  • Mr. Weisberg is the editor-in-chief of the Slate Group—a position he took after stepping down as editor of Slate.com in 2008. Ms. Needleman is the founding editor of Domino and current editor of WSJ., The Wall Street Journal’s luxury magazine supplement.

  • Mr. Lemann is the dean of Columbia journalism school and known for his well-meaning attempts to intellectualize what’s essentially an extortionate racket to get recent college grads into debt. He also writes about education policy, journalism, urban planning — about everything, really — at The New Yorker. Ms. Shulevitz, is a cultural critic and former columnist for Slate who recently wrote a book about the Sabbath, called The Sabbath World.

  • Mr. Foges and Ms. Wells belong to the group of Anglo-Americans who imported Oxbridge wit and Fleet Street wiles to New York media in the 1970s and 80s, when the BBC had tapped Mr. Foges to helm the local bureau. Ms. Wells has been editing at Condé Nast Traveler since Sir Harry Evans asked her to, and Mr. Foges sits on the board of his friend Lewis Lapham’s quarterly history publication. Their Bank Street home was once a legendary hangout for Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens and Anna Wintour, but the two have adapted nicely to Park Slope, the new capital of civilized literati.

  • Mr. Andersen, the co-godfather of snark, founded Spy magazine in 1986 with Graydon Carter. In between hurling epithets at Donald Trump and thinking up new names to call Abe & Shirley Rosenthal, the pair made the magazine a media success if not a business one. After leaving, he went on to helm New York and found Studio 360—the Peabody-winning show on WNYC. Ms. Kreamer helped launch Spy and went on to be the creative director for Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. She was a columnist for both Fast Company & Martha Stewart Living (no doubt the only writer who can say that) and writes non-fiction books.

  • Ms. Amanpour, the anchor of ABC’s This Week, married Rubin back in 1998 when he was still in politics, working as the assistant secretary of state for public affairs. Luckily for media power couple fans, Mr. Rubin went into the business, becoming the executive editor at Bloomberg News after a stint as a journalist for Sky News. Before ABC, Ms. Amanpour was the chief international correspondent for CNN and a contributor to 60 Minutes.

  • Mr. Cuomo, 40, is the co-anchor of 20/20 and the chief law & justice correspondent at ABC News. (His brother, Andrew Cuomo, went into the family business and recently engineered a win for gay marriage in New York.) Ms. Cuomo, was the editor-in-chief of Hamptons and Gotham magazines before leaving for Plum TV earlier this year. The couple has three small children.

  • Ms. Bell and Mr. Kamp got married in 1992, when they were both 26. She was editor of the “Vanities” section of Vanity Fair and he was a senior editor at GQ. Bell went on to became a senior, and later deputy editor at Graydon Carter’s Kennedys-and-royals monthly picture book. She is the head of the board of directors for the always-about-to-open Greenwich Village High School. Mr. Kamp writes food humor and has has lent his byline to both GQ and Vanity Fair for more than 15 years.

  • Mr. Hertzberg is a trenchant political writer for The New Yorker, where he often pens the magazine’s “Comment” column. Ms. Cannon, a senior editor at that same hallowed weekly, previously worked at Vanity Fair.

  • Mr. Wolcott, the cultural critic for Vanity Fair, got his start at the Village Voice and later moved to The New Yorker. Ms. Jacobs, has been a staff writer at VF since 1995 and also writes novels. They live on the Upper West Side, obviously.

  • New Yorker staff writer jobs? Check. Brooklyn brownstone? Check. Adorable young children? That too. Mr. Gourevitch made his name as The New Yorker’s Africa hand, reporting on wars and dictators, along with the occasional dispatch from fancy Paris dinner parties. Ms. MacFarquhar’s articles for that magazine run the gamut from organ donation to the, uh, power couple beat (she recently profiled Paul Krugman and his wife). They live a rarified, urbane and worldly existence so the rest of us can eat junk food, watch reality television and earn a living writing forgettable blog posts.

  • Ms. Rosenfeld wins the award for longest book title & shortest column name. Her book What She Saw in Roger Mancuso, Gunter Hopstock, Jason Barry Gold, Spitty Clark, Jack Geezo, Humphrey Fung, Claude Duvet, Bruce Bledstone, Kevin McFeeley, Arnold Allen, Pablo Miles, Anonymous 1-4, Nobody 5-8, Neil Schmertz, and Bo Pierce was published in 2000. She writes the “Friend or Foe" column for Slate. Mr. Cassidy, current New Yorker staff writer and former New York Post deputy editor, is the author of How Markets Fail.

  • When Mr. Friend proposed to Ms. Hesser, she wrote about it in her Times magazine “Food Diary” column. Mr. Friend, a staff writer at The New Yorker, wrote a memoir, the Daily Intel headline about it read “Tad Friend and Amanda Hesser Have a Surprising Amount of Sex.” The post included quotes from Graydon Carter and David Remnick about the couple’s sex life, which is sort of amazing.

  • Mr. Samuels, the “master of the new old journalism,” is a contributing editor at Harper’s who has written for the New Yorker and the Atlantic. A New York Timeser, Ms. Heffernan recently moved to the opinion pages of the the Times magazine. They live in Brooklyn (obviously) with their two young children.

  • Ms. O’Rourke, a poet, Slate editor, memoirist and inciter of jealousy, has always been a media-world overachiever. She was an editor at The New Yorker at 24, and a contributor to The New York Times not long after that. Mr. Surowiecki is the financial columnist at The New Yorker and author of The Wisdom of Crowds.

  • Ms. Smith is the cranky arts critic for The New York Times, while Mr. Saltz holds down visual arts criticism for New York. This couple is responsible for both your parents’ and your 17-year-old sister’s opinion about any gallery or museum exhibit in the city—and they’re both very good at their jobs.

  • Mr. Sorkin is a columnist and reporter for The New York Times, where he’s been working on and off since high school. After the financial crisis, Sorkin, 34, penned Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System -- and Themselves which won many awards, was a bestseller, and was made into an HBO movie this year. Ms. Queen is an agent at McCormick & Williams, an independent literary agency.

  • Ms. Touby founded mediabistro.com, which she sold in 2007 for $23 million. (Little did she know that had she waited three years or so she would have probably had a billion-dollar valuation during the current, ludicrous tech bubble.) Mr. Fine was the media columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek until late 2009.

  • Mr. Angelo, 37, is the editor of The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s iPad-only publication. He came from the New York Post, where he worked his way up to managing editor and one of Rupert’s favorites. Ms. Dana is at Newsweek/Daily Beast and formerly called The Wall Street Journal and (almost) The New York Times home. If they get married, they will live in a multi-million dollar brownstone formerly owned by Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

  • Music media power marriage: Ms. Smith is the editor of Billboard magazine and Mr. Wilson, now with hip-hop website Rap Radar, has spent time at cred-heavy music mag Ego Trip and rap-world bible The Source.

  • Mr. Hall, the managing editor of Mediaite, came from a production background. He worked at MTV and CNN before settling into the bosom of Abrams Media. Ms. Hessler, once the design director forEntertainment Weekly, now holds that job atGlamour.

  • Ms. Cox, the doyenne of DC snark, was the founding editor of Wonkette back in the Denton days. She left in 2006 and became the Washington editor of Time where she “put politics in the series of tubes, not trucks” according to her Facebook page. Now, at 38, she’s the Washington correspondent for GQ, and a frequent gabber on cable news. Mr. Lehmann, has worked at, The Washington Post, New York, Congressional Quarterly and Yahoo! News. Last year, he published a book based on his popular series for theAwl.com called Rich People Things.

  • Mr. Weisenthal is the deputy editor of Business Insider and a master of the fake Twitter feud. Ms. Moreland, 30, is the co-founder and CEO of Fashism. Her site, a kind of social-media-meets-walk-in-closet, was started after Mr. Weisenthal proved unhelpful in critiquing Moreland’s choices while out shopping. "There must be a way to get an unbiased opinion using that internet everyone is talking about” she writes on her “about” page.

  • Before heading to Lucky last year, Ms. Bryan Morgan worked as fashion director of Elle (a job previously held by Nina Garcia, of Project Runway fame). She was previously the executive fashion editor at Vanity Fair. Her father, Shelby Bryan, is Anna Wintour’s boyfriend. Mr. Morgan is a former writer for The New York Observer and current freelance scribe.

  • Just when you thought Rolling Stone’s political coverage consisted of nothing but Matt Taibbi’s fever dreams, along comes Mr. Hastings to single-handedly hoist Afghanistan commander Stanley McChrystal with his own petard. Rounding out the other half of this power couple is Mr. Hastings’ spitfire wife Ms. Jordan, a former speaechwriter for Condoleezza Rice and current contributor to The Atlantic and The Daily Beast. They’re a modern day James Carville and Mary Matalin! Except, you know, tolerable to look at.

  • Mr. Carney, former Time bureau chief and “cool dancer,” was named President Obama’s press secretary this year. Since 2008, he had been the director of communications for Vice President Joe Biden—putting years of experience in the DC press corps to work for the executive branch. Ms. Shipman is a senior correspondent at ABC News—which caused some awkwardness when Mr. Carney made the jump. Remember the good old days when they used to do “This Week” roundtables together?

  • Ms. Frey -- the former media & style editor at Politico, former media editor of The Observer and former books editor at Salon -- is now the managing editor at Adweek. Mr. Lotto, a former New York Times op-ed editor, is a newly minted senior editor at GQ.

  • Mr. Klein, a Washington Post columnist and blogger, is just slightly older than most of the actors on Gossip Girl. He was the creator, and eventual killer, of JournoList—an influential and mostly liberal email group that got Dave Weigel in hot water. Ms. Lowrey, a reporter for Slate who focuses on business and the economy, previously worked at Foreign Policy and The New Yorker.

  • Ms. Valenti, 32, one of the best-known third wave feminists in America, founded Feministing.com and has written (or co-written) four books including Full Frontal Feminism (2007) and He's a Stud, She's a Slut (2008). She married Mr. Golis in 2009 after originally trying to set him up with her younger sister (since he is five years her junior). Mr. Golis is the director of digital media and a senior editor at PBS’s Frontline. Before that, he was at Yahoo! and TPM.

  • Mr. Lindgren and Ms. Bernard met the way many media couples generally do: by working together. He was hired by New York in 1997 and eventually became editorial director of the magazine. She was a writer and columnist who covered fashion, culture and entertainment. The couple’s wedding was reported in the pages of New York and they wrote a cover story together about having twins. He left for Business Week and is now H.D.I.C (Head Dude-itor in Chief)at the Timesmagazine. Ms. Bernard is the host of “The Thread” on Yahoo! Shine and a regular on the morning shows.

  • Mr. Sherman, once a New York Observer writer, is a contributing editor to New York magazine and a writer for The New Republic. He was previously at Condé Nast’s ill-starred Portfolio magazine. Ms. Stahl, is a checker at The New Yorker.

  • Mr. Provan is one of the co-founders of Triple Canopy and a freelancer for The Oxford American, The Nation, GQ and The Observer. Ms. Aviv is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program and one of the more accomplished young long-form journalists in the city, with stories published in the Times magazine, Harper’s and The New Yorker. Both graduated from Brown and live together in Clinton Hill. He looks like a young Bob Dylan, and she’s a prettier Carole Kane.

  • Mr. Swaine is a young foreign correspondent for the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, while Ms. Hoby is a cultural critic who freelances for British publications such as The Guardian, Observer, Times, Telegraph and others. Only a few years out of Cambridge, the next generation of Tina Browns and Piers Morgans lives in Park Slope.

  • In 2008, Women’s Wear Daily media reporter Mr. Koblin (then at The Observer) wrote the definitive take-down of Emily Gould’s Times magazine cover story, “Blog Post Confidential.” But Mr. Koblin’s heart did not say “whatever” to Ms. Gould’s high school friend, young-adult novelist Bennett Madison. While at Sarah Lawrence, Mr. Madison worked for Miss Cleo’s fortune telling hotline, so perhaps he foresaw what’s just now becoming clear to us: After years of skillfuly reporting on print’s power players, Mr. Koblin is poised to join their ranks.

  • Ms. Grant is the pop culture write for Salon.com, while Mr. Melber is an opposite-of-pop-culture writer for The Nation. The couple met at the 2010 Webutante Ball. It was love at first nerdy media conversation. The two are a funny pair—we’re guessing Mr. Melber had never heard of Justin Bieber before they started dating, what with spending all his time being a lawyer, writer, blogger, talking head, etc. But based on the Facebook and Instagram pics they are as happy as could be. Ms. Grant, 27, is best known for her fanfiction parodies. Her reimagining of The Baby-Sitters Club, as written by Bret Easton Ellis, was deemed by Entertainment Weekly to be a “brilliant” parody “approaching art.”

  • Ms. O’Connor and Mr. Crair met while at The Daily Beast. Mr. Crair, who does the “Cheat Sheet”, is still with Tina Brown’s organization. Ms. O’Connor moved to Gawker where she took down the “Craigslist Congressman” and became one of the site’s most public (and most comely) faces.

  • Mr. Blakely, the Gawker staffer, Thrillist editor and Neighborhoodr co-founder, got in a little trouble with his last public lady friend, but seems to be having better luck with Ms. Kaplan, a digital strategist who has done time at Elle and contributed to McSweeney’s.

  • Mr. Pareene, who runs Salon’s “War Room”, is a Gawker alum and former editor of Wonkette. He does not like NYU and is turning 26 next month. Ms. Millar does marketing for Hearst and has a Tumblr.

  • In 2008, Jezebel recruited a fashion veteran to anonymously dish the sleazy goods on the modeling industry, and for over a year the ex-runway fixture told sordid tales of the abuse behind the glitz. This behind-the-scenes blogger was Ms. Sauers, a trim and glamorous (read: former model) New Zealand ex-pat who’s since gone on to write for The New York Times and Bookforum, all while contributing to Jezebel (these days, under her real name). A few years back an editor introduced her to Mr. Volner, a writer who – often under the byline Ian Volner – writes about architecture for tony journals like Triple Canopy, and is currently shopping a book of poetry. They cohabitate in Harlem, and if you’re lucky enough they’ll fête you at one of their smartly assembled shindigs.

  • Mr. Yang wrote the much-discussed New York cover story “Paper Tigers” this year about Asian-American overachievers. Ms. Kawalek, has written for Slate, Vogue and The New York Sun.

  • The couple met while working at The New Yorker and have been married for a year. Ms. Thompson is an assistant editor and Mr. Peed, who once in the magazine’s vaunted “checking” department, is now at Men's Journal.

  • Mr. Neyfakh and Ms. Gregory are an object lesson in the self-sorting tendencies of media humans. Mr. Neyfakh, formerly of The Observer, empties his skull in the The Boston Globe’s Ideas section, while Ms. Gregory pairs abstract insight with charming self-deprecation in New York, n+1 and Thirteen.org. It must be out of concern for our egos that they split weekends between Boston and New York. Their shared genetic gifts—brains, height, robust Tumblr followings—make them too intimidating for any one metropolis.

  • Mr. Lowe is a senior editor at Details, editor-at-large at Triple Canopy and formerly a fact-checker at GQ. Conway, formerly of Vogue, is the features editor at BlackBook. Certainly on the more attractive end of the media spectrum, they both have beestung lips, good hair and that dewy, spa-burnished look that people who work at glossy magazines sometimes acquire, perhaps an advantage of having access to so many free samples of expensive face creams and hair products.

  • A crack transportation writer for The New York Times, Grynbaum parlayed a Harvard diploma and an internship at the Gray Lady into a staff position at that paper, where he gets to ride around in Fran Lebowitz’s silver Checker and explain the best places to catch cabs. Servicey! Ms. Weiner, by contrast, is the backbone of her magazine’s blog V.F. Daily. She has the sterling distinction of being called a “Bad writer!” by an irate Donald Trump.

  • Blessed with brains, long legs and an unforgettable name, Ms. LaForce has cut quite the figure in the city while working at The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog and, after that, The Paris Review. But who’s the scruffy guy next to her, his height not quite meeting hers? Mr. Benenson is a team member at DIY fundraising juggernaut site Kickstarter. These days the two are fixtures at book parties and McNally Jackson readings, but when summer’s over, school’s in session. Ms. LaForce will soon start at the celebrated University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, pursuing an MFA in fiction writing. Maybe Mr. Benenson should start a Kickstarter for himself – all those New York-Iowa City flights are going to start to add up.

  • Mr. Rich, the youngest son of marquee New York magazine columnist Frank Rich, is the youngest writer ever on Saturday Night Live. He is a New Yorker contributor and the author of Ant Farm: And Other Depserate Situations. Ms. Young—known as Magic Molly—has written for The Believer, N +1 and New York. Ms. Young and Mr. Rich are no doubt looking forward to spending time at the latter’s recent Cobble Hill housing acquisition.

Comments

  1. NewGlasses says:

    Why must power equal ugly.

    1. Nah-Nah Na-Boo-Boo says:

      Why are you a loser?

  2. Digiqueen12 says:

    question: is there a reason why Yang is the only person of color on this slideshow???

    I know the Observre isn’t known for thinking outside of its hipster box, but PLEASE, understand that there are media power couples in NY who aren’t white and you guys’ friends. 

    1. Catweaver says:

      Honestly: who ARE all these PC obsessive people who to start counting colored faces and drag queens every time they see an article about kudos. Take your meds.

      1. Photobomber says:

        not about being PC. it’s about giving respect where respect is due. and looking beyond. 

  3. guest says:

    well deserved. and better than tina brown and piers morgan.

  4. guest says:

    well deserved. and better than tina brown and piers morgan.

  5. guest says:

    well deserved. and better than tina brown and piers morgan.

  6. Mj Demayo says:

    Only one person of color and NO LGBT couples.  This is ridiculous and pointless.

    1. Catweaver says:

      Chill.

      1. jay smooth says:

        I guess it all balances out since about 46 out of 48 couples are white, and about 49 out of 50 commenters get what’s wrong with that.

    2. Robertengstrom22 says:

      You realize that there is a LGBT couple #36 …..dumb

    3. Angela T. says:

      Did you not see John Koblin & Bennett Madison?

    4. Angela T. says:

      Did you not see John Koblin & Bennett Madison?

    5. Deltachild4 says:

      Wrong! You missed Madison and Koblin.

    6. Nick says:

      This isn’t a reality show where they get to add a gay guy, two asians and a black girl. This is reality, so the actual people that achieve a particular level are duly noted here.

    7. N8J7J says:

      Well then, I guess all of the LGBT couples should work on, you know, achieving something other than “being LGBT”.

  7. Foner says:

    Fairly certain this couple divorced some years ago.

  8. Anonymous says:

    white people! who are powerful! and have significant others! w00t!

    1. jho says:

      I’m guessing you’re white. 

      1. PP says:

        I took it tp’s comment to be sarcastic, not literal.

    2. Wonderwoman says:

      Hey-they’ve got that one black couple at the end to show how diverse they are! Woo-hoo!

    3. Wonderwoman says:

      Hey-they’ve got that one black couple at the end to show how diverse they are! Woo-hoo!

  9. Catweaver says:

    Note to self: while handing out random Kudos, tally up your minorities as if “they” were talliable objects for you to display your correctness. Otherwise lame coments like those you see on this page, will ensue.

    Oh wait… who TF CARES?

  10. Danyel Smith & Elliot Wilson – Great photo!

  11. Anonymous says:

    OMG, NYC sounds and looks so boring!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    OMG, NYC sounds and looks so boring!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    OMG, NYC sounds and looks so boring!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Come back, O glittering and white. New York is over. :(

  15. They’ll all end up like Scott and Laci Peterson.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I’m outraged. This is a very poorly-sourced article. Ms. Weiner was not called a “Bad writer!” by Mr. Trump. She was called “BAD WRITER!” and that’s a fact that is on the record. I wish this “newspaper” would do a better job with its fact-checking.

  17. Transomist says:

    faces for radio, voices for print. all of ‘em. 

  18. Transomist says:

    faces for radio, voices for print. all of ‘em. 

  19. Guest says:

    HOW CAN A MAN (RICHARD BLAKELEY) WHO BEAT UP HIS LAST GIRLFRIEND BE CONSIDERED A POWER COUPLE?

  20. homomaximus says:

    You couldn’t find any gay couples. Really?

  21. We’ve done much more. #SorryImNotSorry

  22. DontHateBeHated says:

    Sigh… Two T’s!! 

  23. happy for weiner + smiths :) says:

    the reality is there are far more non-white “power couples” is NY media. it’s just that the NY Observer doesn’t care about those publications, TV and movie projects, websites, and books these couples have a hand in producing–and care less about the kind of reader who cares about seeing those people in this list. people still read the NY observer? *shrugs*

    1. same as above says:

      “is NY media” should be *in NY media.  apologies.

  24. VikingManx says:

    Jews.

  25. Is there a printable version of this? I’d like to take with me to read on a long flight.

  26. Frankie Imbergamo says:

    Great job my friend Annie and Ezra

    Frankie Imbergamo/Boston Ma.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Couldn’t she find a dress that fits?

  28. HoHo says:

    Wait, someone’s who been in the same position, a middle-of-masthead editor, at a travel magazine for old people for 30 years is half of a media power couple?

  29. Womanist in NYC says:

    White people….Jewish people….wow, this list is the worst! No other people are in media….thanks New York Observer for stroking the egos of your subscribers. Really impressive work! 

  30. Deltachild4 says:

    Love the tat!

  31. Sj says:

    The disqus popup is blocking the feature on ipad. Nice. I would suggest you ask your vendor to fix this.

  32. Isla says:

    Some of these descriptions are vast exaggerated. For instance, in the case of Jenna Sauers and Davey Volner – since when does a 2nd rate  ex-model who only worked a couple of years in the industry quality as a “veteran” or a “fixture” on any runway?  

  33. JOR says:

    I’ve always thought that Pareene and Blakely are gay. But , man, did they snag themselves some media hotties.

    How a bout Observer doing a post on The Free Agent List: 2011′s 50 Media Power Bachelorettes?

  34. Chad says:

    Jon Fine was also the guitarist in the kickass 90′s band Bitchmagnet. That makes him the best person on this list.

  35. isomorphisms says:

    James Surowiecki looks intense.

  36. darkness says:

    I just watched the New York Times documentary, Page One.  Brian Stelter is so annoying.  What makes me hate him even more is the fact that this fat fuck managed to drop almost 100 lbs and now is able to snag a pretty hot chick.  Give him time, he will put the chunk back on.

  37. Musaqala says:

    Ethra, maybe ifth you didn’t tawk wif your tung stuck to your teef you kud get a real babe insthead of thomeone like thith.

  38. Polyannish says:

    She also wins the award for fat legs!

  39. Jillzyk says:

    I went to high school with Aimee…she’s really not that white.