UNINTENDED OUTING: It may not have been intended as a coming out event for the couple, but Janny Scott’s appearance at Joseph Lelyveld’s book party earlier this week ended up being just that. Scott, a married reporter on the metropolitan desk at The New York Times, has been quietly seeing the older, former Times executive editor for some time, though few outside their close circle of friends and family were aware of their relationship. After Scott’s appearance at the party, however, that changed.
Lelyveld, who lost his wife Carolyn to breast cancer last May, was celebrating his new memoir, “Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop.” The book deals with his parent’s troubled marriage and how it affected his childhood.
Scott is still married to Bill Ritter, the co-anchor of “Eyewitness News” at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on ABC’s New York flagship station, Channel 7, and a correspondent on the ABC News program “20/20.” They have two children together.
A close friend of Ritter’s said that while this news may come as a surprise to the general public, the three parties involved have been dealing with the situation long enough to have reached an amicable understanding. “They’re all in a pretty good place about it,” said the friend. “They’re mature adults. [Scott and Ritter] were together for 19 years. They have a great bond between them and care for each other very much….For Bill and Janny, their main concern is for the welfare and happiness of their children, and how the public nature of this will affect them.”
Lelyveld did not return calls, and Scott and Ritter declined to comment.
— Sara James
AWFULLY PRADA HER: Who is fashion’s most important person? That’s a loaded question, but Time magazine has an answer: Miuccia Prada. The Italian designer was the only clothier included on this year’s Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. “She’s touched on almost every single trend possible,” said Kate Betts, editor of Time’s Style & Design supplement. “She seems to influence so many different kinds of designers and levels of the market. She’s also willing to engage in the world outside of fashion and go outside the normal boundaries of the business, which can be very constricting.” Architect Santiago Calatrava and furniture designer Marc Newson are also featured in the issue, which hits newsstands Monday.
— Jeff Bercovici
WAY DOWN SOUTH: Jeremy Miller, a veteran of The Source and the company’s chief operating officer until two weeks ago, has left to start a hip-hop title of his own. In July, Miller will publish the first issue of Down, a magazine about rappers from the South. By Miller’s estimates, almost 40 percent of rap album sales are generated by Southern artists, a group that includes such chart-toppers and critical favorites as Ludacris, Outkast, Nelly and T.I.
Down is bankrolled by Charles Key, a real estate tycoon from Dallas, and will be based there. Mo Benjamin, a local journalist, will serve as editor in chief. The rollout will be small, with an initial distribution of 30,000 to 50,000 copies, concentrated in a swatch of 16 states from Kansas to Florida.
Miller has spent his entire career at The Source, starting as an intern in 1991, answering the phone for owner David Mays. He said he realized it was time to move on after Mays, who had given up day-to-day management of the magazine in order to work on brand extensions, changed his mind and reappropriated many of Miller’s duties. For the past six months, Miller has been working three days a week at The Source while working on plans for Down. “I couldn’t have asked to end the 14-year relationship on any better terms,” he said.
MAN OF THE HOUR: It was just barely possible to get a moment of Michael Thompson’s time at Wednesday night’s party to celebrate the publication of his new book, “Images.” In between accepting congratulations from an endless procession of well-wishers, the photographer reflected on turning a career’s worth of work into a single coffee table volume. “You never really take out all your stuff over 13 or 14 years and look at it,” he said. “The book is a great reason for doing that. It shows me where I’ve been and where I want to go.”
Allure editor in chief Linda Wells hosted the event, held at the Carlyle Hotel. She pointed out that Thompson shot for the magazine’s first issue in 1991, back when he was better known as Irving Penn’s assistant. Guests included Mariah Carey, Famke Janssen, Carolina Herrera, Anna Sui, Damon Dash, Mariel Hemingway and Marisa Tomei. Also on hand was Thompson’s adorable daughter, Ruby, who seemed more interested in discussing her dad’s basketball skills than his famous friends.