SEX AND THE CITY: They’re getting sex at the New York Times.
This story first appeared in the January 12, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Last week, the not-so-gray lady’s newly installed metro editor Susan Edgerley announced to the staff that she was assigning reporter Mia Navarro to cover sex in the city. But don’t expect Candace Bushnell or Anka Radakovich. In an internal memo, Edgerley explained the beat is a reporting job that “includes birth control and sexuality and celibacy.”
Navarro, she said, is “looking to break news, and maybe a few taboos, the way Tamar Lewin did in 1997 when she wrote that oral sex was teenagers’ most common sexual initiation.”
And in less exciting news, it appears the Times is looking outside as it prepares to replace business editor Glenn Kramon, who was promoted recently to associate managing editor, career development. Several sources said late in the week that a serious candidate was emerging in The Wall Street Journal’s Money & Investing editor Larry Ingrassia. His candidacy is not a lock — sources said The Times may have other contenders — but there’s an awful lot of talk about him both at the Times and at the Journal, where one staffer called the situation “the worst-kept secret.” Nevertheless, Ingrassia is also very well regarded in his current job and most think the Journal will work hard to keep him. An announcement from The Times is expected in the next couple of weeks. — Jacob Bernstein
MORE OF US AT STAR: It’s just going to get uglier from here — but score one for Bonnie Fuller. Sources said Friday that the Star Magazine editorial director has tapped Stu Zakim, the former Wenner Media (and Us Weekly) spokesman to take a high level p.r. job for parent company American Media. Zakim is slated to begin his new job this week, a source said. There was no immediate word as to what it meant for Richard Valvo, the longtime spokesman of AMI’s tabloids. Valvo did not return a call for comment.
Zakim’s hire is the latest move in a ferocious feud with Wenner Media, where Fuller was poached from last June and comes just two weeks after she hired Wendy Jenson from Us to become Star’s new entertainment director. Newsstand gains have been elusive for Star though. Wenner Media also recently canceled a $2 million plus distribution contract with AMI, which in addition to publishing the tabloids also controls many of the racks at the checkout through its subsidiary Distribution Services. Other clients of DSI include publishing behemoths Bauer and Gruner + Jahr. — J.B.