New York Observer editor in chief Peter Kaplan will indeed join Condé Nast Traveler, heading to 4 Times Square on June 1 as creative director. He will become the number two to editor in chief Klara Glowczewska, succeeding Ted Moncreiff, who until earlier this month was executive editor. WWD last week first reported Kaplan was expected to move to Traveler when he announced he was leaving his post at the Observer. Word of Kaplan’s potential next move surprised some observers given he said his plans post-Observer would include thinking of a new model for journalism. People close to Kaplan said that being freed from a news-driven weekly paper would allow him more time to reflect on new ideas. Further, while Traveler has little in common with the Observer, Kaplan knows the title well, having worked there during the early Nineties under then-editor Tom Wallace, who is now editorial director of Condé Nast.
April 29, 2009