GRAYDON’S MOMENT: Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair editor in chief, restaurateur and all-around man-about-town, will soon be able to add another title to his list of accomplishments: hall of famer. On May 1, Carter will be inducted to the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame, at the National Magazine Annual Awards dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis.
Carter, who has been editor of VF since 1992, will join previous inductees Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart, Tina Brown, Hugh Hefner, Gloria Steinem, Jann Wenner and Helen Gurley Brown in the ASME Hall of Fame.
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Asked about his thoughts about being inducted, Carter told WWD, “I feel a twinge of guilt in receiving this honor. All I’ve done is enjoy myself.”
Outside of VF, highlights of Carter’s career include cofounding Spy Magazine in 1986 with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips, serving as editor of the New York Observer and working as a staff writer at Time and Life.
“Few journalists are as influential — and as well known — as Graydon Carter,” said Sid Holt, chief executive officer of ASME. “All you have to do is look around in print and online to see the lasting influence of Spy, the magazine he cofounded and edited in the 1980s. As the editor of Vanity Fair for the last two decades, he has continued to have an outsize impact not only on magazine journalism but also on American culture.”
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