The luxury magazine musical chairs continue. Kristina O’Neill, Harper’s Bazaar’s executive editor, is leaving Hearst to edit WSJ. Magazine. Last month, The New York Times poached former WSJ editrix Deborah Needleman for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Ms. Needleman replaced Sally Singer at the Times’s luxury glossy.
Ms. O’Neill, who held editorial roles at New York magazine and Time Out New York before moving to Harper’s Bazaar in 2000, will report to Ruth Altchek. Ms. Altcheck will oversee the Off Duty lifestyle section and WSJ. Magazine in the newly created role of editorial director for WSJ Weekend.
“The appointment of Kristina, one of America’s most talented editors, marks a new phase of the exponential evolution of WSJ.,” said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, in a statement. “We are increasing the frequency and expanding global reach in the coming year with our winning mix of intelligent writing and visual virtuosity – gloss without dross is our magazine mantra.”
The Journal will increase the frequency of WSJ. It recently announced plans to publish 11 issues in 2013 and 12 issues in 2014. The mag was a quarterly when it launched in 2008.
Full press release below:
Kristina O’Neill Named Editor of WSJ. Magazine
NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Wall Street Journal announced today the appointment of Kristina O’Neill as editor of WSJ. Magazine. Effective Oct. 29, Ms. O’Neill will oversee all editorial content of WSJ., the Journal’s luxury lifestyle magazine that appears as part of WSJ Weekend. Ms. O’Neill most recently served as executive editor of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, where she has worked since 2000.
As the number two editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Ms. O’Neill helped drive the magazine’s editorial vision and direction. She was instrumental in more than a decade of designer coverage, collaborated with storied writers and photographers, oversaw brand extensions and was an integral part of the critically acclaimed March 2012 redesign.
“The appointment of Kristina, one of America’s most talented editors, marks a new phase of the exponential evolution of WSJ.,” said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. “We are increasing the frequency and expanding global reach in the coming year with our winning mix of intelligent writing and visual virtuosity – gloss without dross is our magazine mantra.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining The Wall Street Journal, with its incredible reputation and reach,” said Ms. O’Neill. “WSJ. Magazine is on a roll, and I can’t wait to pick up the momentum and create content that further drives the conversation.”
Ms. O’Neill will report to Ruth Altchek, who has been named to the newly created role of editorial director for WSJ Weekend, overseeing the Off Duty lifestyle section and WSJ. Magazine. Ms. Altchek has served as editor of Off Duty since August 2011, after joining the Journal as a news editor to help oversee the section’s September 2010 launch.
In conjunction with the November issue, WSJ. will celebrate its second annual Innovator of the Year Awards later this week in New York City, honoring winners across six categories, including Fashion, Architecture, Design, Education, Art and Technology, hosted by Mr. Thomson. The November Innovators issue will appear as part of WSJ Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The Journal recently announced plans to increase the frequency of WSJ., which will publish 11 issues in 2013 and 12 issues in 2014. The magazine launched in September 2008 as a quarterly publication. It appears globally as part of WSJ Weekend in the U.S. and in the Journal’s Europe and Asia editions as well as online via wsj.com/magazine.
About Ms. O’Neill
Ms. O’Neill most recently served as executive editor of Harper’s Bazaar, for which she has worked since October 2000. While with Harper’s Bazaar, she was editor-in-chief of the annual spin-off Runway Report magazine and executive editor on Harper’s Bazaar Greatest Hits book and Harper’s Bazaar Best Covers.
Prior to joining Harper’s Bazaar, Ms. O’Neill held editorial roles with New York Magazine and Time Out New York.
She has a bachelor of arts degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
About Ms. Altchek
Ms. Altchek has served as editor of Off Duty since August 2011. She joined the Journal in June 2010 as a news editor and helped managed the section’s 2010 launch.
Before joining the Journal, Ms. Altchek was senior editor at Martha Stewart Living from March 2009 to April 2010, where she helped launch the magazine’s new product section. Ms. Altchek also held several editorial positions, including editorial projects director and features editor, at domino magazine. She spearheaded special issues and packages that received National Magazine Award nominations from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), and was a contributor to Domino: The Book of Decorating, published by Simon & Schuster.
Ms. Altchek has also held editorial positions with I.D. and Art on Paper, and written on design, architecture and style for The New York Times, Veranda, Architectural Record and Martha Stewart Living.
Ms. Altchek graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in Art History.