NY Times Names Choire Sicha New Styles Editor

Former Gawker Editor Choire Sicha has been named the new Styles Editor for The NY Times.

Here is a note below posted by NY Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn:

We are pleased to announce that Choire Sicha, one of the finest features editors of his generation, will be the new editor of Styles.

Several months ago, a team of Times editors began the search for a successor to Stuart Emmrich, who built the modern Styles report. We interviewed dozens of editors inside and outside of the building, and reviewed memos from a broad list of candidates, all of whom said they would do anything to get one of the most important features jobs in American journalism.

Choire was chosen based on his vision for adding urgency, different forms of storytelling, and an additional bit of edge to the Styles report. We know the selection of Choire leaked out last week, which we regret. But if you review the social media traffic you could see the praise for Choire. He is an editor known for nurturing the voices of writers. As Mark Armstrong wrote on Longreads last week, “Choire makes people feel good about themselves and their work, and this of course is what makes an editor truly great.”

Choire was most recently the head of partnerships at Vox Media. Before that he was editor of Gawker, and later a co-founder of The Awl. He also worked at The New York Observer. And over a decade ago he was a young writer on the Arts and Leisure section.

The Styles report is key to the life of The Times. It allows for more risk taking in writing, and is a platform for exploring issues and personalities in a way that should push our boundaries. It is also one of the most important journals of fashion and style. And it should be fun.

Choire will start after Labor Day.

– Dean and Joe