Alexi McCammond, an Axios political reporter whose relationship with a White House adviser recently hit the headlines, will be the next editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, Condé Nast announced on Friday.
Ms. McCammond, 27, made a name for herself in the 2018 midterm elections and Joseph R. Biden’s presidential campaign for Axios, a website known for its high-impact coverage of the Beltway. She has also contributed frequently to NBC and MSNBC. In her new role, she will lead the Teen Vogue team across digital, video and social media. It starts on March 24th.
Ms. McCammond’s appointment as a top job at Teen Vogue suggests that the publication, which ran out of regular print editions in 2017, will continue to be a place for political coverage and comment alongside its coverage of fashion, beauty, and culture . Teen Vogue expanded its remit during Donald J. Trump’s political rise and in 2016 won praise for essays such as Lauren Duca’s “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America.”
Ms. McCammond succeeds Lindsay Peoples Wagner, who has been the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue since 2018, who was named a top job on New York Magazine’s style website, The Cut, in January. Anna Wintour, Vogue’s global editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Condé Nast, said in a statement that Ms. McCammond “had the strong curiosity and confidence that embodies the best of our next generation of leaders.”
Ms. McCammond was a minor character in an early test for the Biden administration that focused on her friend TJ Ducklo, who stepped down from his job as Assistant Secretary of the White House last month.
They started dating when she was covering the Biden campaign and Mr. Ducklo was its press officer. Earlier this year, Politico announced to Mr Ducklo, who has been fighting lung cancer, that he intended to write an article about the relationship. As Vanity Fair later reported, Mr. Ducklo tried to intimidate the Politico reporter who wrote the article Tara Palmeri and told her, “I will destroy you.”
Before the Politico article appeared, People published an exclusive feel-good report on the relationship under the headline, “Reporters Skip Reporting The President As Romance Blooms With Biden Aide Fighting Cancer:” I Didn’t Think Twice. “
After Mr. Ducklo’s treatment of the Politico reporter became public, the White House announced that it had suspended him. The next day, Mr. Ducklo resigned after many commentators took note of President Biden’s earlier promise to fire an employee who was disrespectful.
Ms. McCammond joined Axios in 2017 after working on the Bustle website. In 2019, she was named Aspiring Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. In a statement, she said she looked forward to working with the Teen Vogue team to “build a unique community of ambitious, curious and fashion-conscious young business leaders.”
In January, Teen Vogue had 10.8 million unique viewers online, according to Condé Nast, up 21 percent from the previous year.