Sidney Harman, who is searching for an editor for Newsweek, may want to hang a few more help-wanted signs on Hudson Street. Several sources told WWD Thursday that editorial director Mark Miller has resigned, making for the third top-level editorial departure since The Washington Post Co. agreed to sell the struggling newsweekly to Harman earlier this month. Editor Jon Meacham revealed plans to decamp after the sale and Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria (a possible candidate for the top slot) jumped to rival Time last week. Save for a year at ABC News in the Nineties and a stint at the Dallas Morning News from 2004 to 2006, Miller had been with the magazine in a grab bag of editorial roles, including assistant managing editor and chief of correspondents, since joining as a summer intern in 1985. News of Miller’s departure came a day after a goodbye party for Meacham, for whom he had served as something of a second in command.
In addition to his duties as editorial director, Miller had, since April, overseen all the magazine’s digital offerings as editor of Newsweek Digital, where Harman will have other holes to fill. Additional sources said the site’s executive editor, Gabriel Snyder, a Gawker alum whose hire was seen as a coup for the old media standard bearer, is also on his way out, as is general manager Geoff Reiss. A Newsweek spokeswoman declined comment when asked to confirm the departures.
This story first appeared in the August 27, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.