After four years at New York magazine, senior online editor Chris Rovzar is leaving the weekly to take over Vanity Fair’s Web site as digital editor. Rovzar, who has been a point person on New York’s flagship blog, Daily Intel, and also a contributor to the magazine, will start at Vanity Fair in the middle of September. “Chris has proven himself to be a great editor and writer for the Web,” Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter said. “I think he will make a wonderful editor for vf.com.”
Rovzar joins the site after a rocky patch for Vanity Fair’s digital leadership. He succeeds Michael Hogan, the site’s longtime editor, who left Vanity Fair in June to take a job as executive features editor at AOL Huffington Post.
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Hogan, who held the title of executive digital editor before he left, had hired former Radar staffer Christopher Tennant to run the site in the winter, but Tennant left the Web job after five weeks. Then Jamie Pallot joined Vanity Fair’s digital team from his perch at Condé Nast Digital with the title executive director of multimedia projects in the spring, and Hogan left a month later. Pallot remains, but Rovzar will report to Carter, according to a spokeswoman for the magazine.
Meanwhile, New York online editorial director Ben Williams is looking forward to a fresh start for nymag.com’s news blog in Rovzar’s wake. “I’m sad to see him go but wish him the best of luck at VF, and I look forward to a new era on Daily Intel,” Williams wrote in an e-mail. “We’ll be looking for a new editor, but in the meantime we have two great recent hires in Noreen Malone (ex-Slate) and Joe Coscarelli (ex-Village Voice), who join crack political commentator Dan Amira. The blog will maintain its focus on politics (national and local), media, business and city news, and we’re especially looking forward to covering the 2012 election.”