Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Graydon Carter named to U.S. magazine editors hall of fame

Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, has been elected to the Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame and will be honoured at the [U.S.] National Magazine Awards dinner in New York on May 1. 

Carter, who was born in Toronto, got his start in Canada in 1973, when he co-founded The Canadian Review, a monthly general interest magazine. It went bankrupt by 1978 and Carter moved to the U.S., working five years for Time magazine then Life magazine starting in 1983. He co-founded Spy magazine in 1986 with Kurt Anderson and Tom Phillips. Spy was highly regarded but ceased publication in 1998. Then Carter was editor of the weekly New York Observer before being named editor of Vanity Fair in 1992. Under his leadership, the magazine has won 14 NMA awards, including two for general excellence; he's also been named Advertising Age's editor of the year, twice (the first journalist to be so). 

(As an interesting aside, Carter is co-owner of three Manhattan restaurants. )

The hall of fame was established in 1995 by the American Society of Magazine Editors and Carter will be joining a diverse, exclusive membership including Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart, Tina Brown, Hugh Hefner, Gloria Steinem, Jann S. Wenner and Helen Gurley Brown. 

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