Village Voice Names New Editor

NEW YORK — The Village Voice has hired Stephen Mooallem as editor in chief to oversee the first relaunch in its 60-year history. As part of the relaunch, Mooallem will also drive mission and vision for a new integrated media product, VOICE, which the company plans to release on digital, print and event platforms in 2017.

Peter Barbey purchased the alternative weekly newspaper in 2015 and hopes to revive the brand in the creative communities of New York City.

The company recently hired design firm, Pentagram, to assist with both the redesign of the regional weekly plus the new media brand, VOICE. In addition, The Village Voice has engaged digital firm, Postlight, to begin the build out of a brand new, state-of-the-art website for both editorial products.

“Stephen has the experience and perspective required to connect with our audience and engage new readers, said Mr. Barbey. “Stephen will be instrumental in guiding The Village Voice into a new phase. He has the strategic vision that we can build a brand around.”

Mooallem joins The Village Voice from the eminent fashion title, Harper’s Bazaar, which was nominated for four National Magazine Awards during his tenure. As executive editor, Mooallem was in charge of top-editing the magazine, overseeing staff, and creating revenue-generating extensions focused upon art, home, travel and contemporary fashion. Mooallem, who starts December 29th, will report to President and CEO Peter Barbey.

Prior to Harper’s Bazaar, Mooallem served as editor in chief of Interview, where he led the Andy Warhol-founded culture, art, and fashion magazine to three National Magazine nominations. Interview reached double-digit year-over-year increases in ad pages and revenue during Mooallem’s tenure as editor in chief. Mooallem began his journalistic career at The Village Voice where he served as a contributor for the national news desk.

The Village Voice also announced that publisher Suzan Gursoy will add the title of chief operating officer to her billing on the company masthead. As publisher and chief operating officer, Gursoy will continue to spearhead business strategy and operations for the company. Gursoy, former publisher of ADWEEK, joined The Village Voice earlier this year. She has served in pivotal roles for the launches and relaunches of numerous marquis magazine titles throughout her career. She was also chief executive officer of her own marketing company for over ten years and recently served as chief strategy officer at the creative agency, Watson & Company.