The last person hired as Teen Vogue’s top editor resigned before their launch date. Now Condé Nast’s widespread online publication is trying again, with the announcement on Monday that Versha Sharma, a senior editor on the news website NowThis, will be the next editor-in-chief.
“Versha is a natural leader with a global perspective and a deep understanding of local trends and issues – from politics and activism to culture and fashion – and what they mean to our audiences,” said Anna Wintour, Vogue’s global editor-in-chief and chief Condé Nast’s content officer said in a statement.
Ms. Sharma, 34, was responsible for news and cultural coverage for NowThis, a website owned by Group Nine Media, the publisher of Thrillist, The Dodo, Seeker, and PopSugar. She was part of a team that received an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2018 for a documentary film about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
She was appointed to the job almost two months after Alexi McCammond, a former Axios journalist, stepped down after more than 20 Teen Vogue employees publicly condemned tweets she posted a decade ago.
Ms. McCammond’s old tweets contained derogatory stereotypes about Asians and insults to gay people. She apologized for the tweets in 2019 and deleted them. She apologized again after they reappeared in March and stepped down from Teen Vogue before their first scheduled day.
When asked about the excitement, Ms. Sharma said in an interview: “I don’t think it’s my place to comment on this. All I can say is that I share the values of the staff and audiences at Teen Vogue, and I look forward to working with them and continuing to work together. She added that Teen Vogue “does a good job of showing how interconnected everything is, whether it’s fashion, politics, or culture.”
Danielle Kwateng, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, released a note to readers in April acknowledging “the pain and frustration caused by re-surfaced social media posts”. She added that the staff at the publication, known for both their progressive viewpoints and essays on social issues and their coverage of fashion and beauty, “would evolve with our readers because we are not the guide for young people can save the world without you. “
Ms. Sharma is a board member of the Online News Association and previously worked for TalkingPointsMemo, MSNBC.com and Vocativ. Her start date on Teen Vogue is May 24th.