BILLY SAYS ADIEU: After one year at Town & Country, Billy Norwich is leaving the magazine. When former editor in chief Stephen Drucker joined the title, he lured Norwich away from Vogue to join him at Town & Country as a special correspondent, occupying third place on the masthead below the editor and creative director David Lipman. Norwich was an integral part of Drucker’s vision to update the magazine’s coverage of fashion and the New Society (whatever that is). But Drucker exited in January and his successor, Jay Fielden, is putting together his own team. Norwich was told he would now be working exclusively as a writer. “Alas, there isn’t a Web site yet to satisfy the urge to write more in real time so I think it is really time for me to do something out of the box,” Norwich told WWD.
Fielden, who recently hired Alexandra Kotur from Vogue as creative director, said to expect more staffing changes soon. “We thank Billy for his contributions to the magazine during his tenure and look forward to publishing his freelance work if the opportunity presents itself,” Fielden said.
— Amy Wicks
FILLING AN EMPTY CHAIR: Speaking of Town & Country and Vogue, the latter’s successor for Alexandra Kotur is Chloe Malle, a 25-year-old contributor to The New York Times’ Styles section and The New York Observer. Malle will oversee “Flash,” the society and style front-of-the-book section that Kotur created and oversaw until she left for Town & Country. Malle’s title will be social editor.
Malle spent a year as the residential real estate columnist at the Observer and has been freelancing for the Times for the past six months. She also freelanced a piece for Vogue that is slated to run in the Nostalgia section in the next few months.
She is the daughter of actress Candice Bergen and the late French film director Louis Malle. She grew up in California, New York and France, and this will be her first job as a staffer. Her first day is on April 26.
— John Koblin
COUNTING THE PULITZERS: The balance of power was spread evenly among the major papers on Pulitzer Prize day this year: The New York Times received two; the Los Angeles Times won two; the Washington Post and Boston Globe each won one, and The Wall Street Journal won its first Pulitzer in four years, and the first since Rupert Murdoch bought the paper.
This was the lowest intake on Pulitzer day for The New York Times in three years. David Leonhardt won the commentary Pulitzer for his business columns and Clifford J. Levy won his second Pulitzer with reporting on the justice system in Russia (he previously won for investigative reporting in 2003, and is sharing this Pulitzer with Ellen Barry).
ProPublica, led by former Journal editor Paul Steiger, won for a second-straight year and brought home the first-ever Pulitzer awarded to a story that wasn’t published in print (it won the national reporting award for a multipart series written by Jake Bernstein and Jesse Eisinger on how hedge funds and banks contributed to the economic collapse). ProPublica published the series on its Web site and collaborated with NPR and “This American Life.”
The Journal finally got the Pulitzer scoreboard with a win in the editorial writing category. Murdoch and Journal editor Robert Thomson have been dismissive of the American awards process, but it looks like this was the year the Pulitzer committee finally warmed up to them — the Journal was a finalist in three other categories.
The Los Angeles Times, a paper that has been ravaged by job and budget cuts over the last decade, won multiple awards for the first time in six years, with wins for public service and photography. The Washington Post, which led all newspapers in total Pulitzers two out of the last four years, only walked away with the breaking news photography award this year.
For the first time ever, the Pulitzer committee did not give out a breaking news award.
Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” which already won the National Book Award for fiction, won the Pulitzer for the fiction category. Columbia professor and historian Eric Foner won his first Pulitzer for history for his book “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.”