Hugo Lindgren, the current editor of The New York Times Magazine, is out as of the end of the year, according to a report in Capital New York. Neither Lindgren nor the Times has since confirmed or denied the change. But it follows months of speculation over a possible shake-up at the top of the paper's magazine.
Lindgren was hired by Jill Abramson's predecessor as executive editor, Bill Keller, in 2010. Previously, he'd worked for former Times editor Adam Moss. Among the side-stories emerging from a controversial Politico piece on Abramson last April was a rumor that the executive editor might be looking to shuffle Lindgren out of the magazine editor role. Capital notes that Lindgren himself has moved a lot of pieces around himself at the magazine during his time as editor. He picked up some early criticism from loyalists for removing the "On Language" column and adding a riff space (called "Riff"), in a 2011 redesign:
Lindgren fired longtime Times magazine interviewer Deborah Solomon and "Ethicist" columnist Randy Cohen. Andrew Goldman, who left earlier this year, took over from Solomon to helm the renamed “Talk” column, but Goldman departed from the magazine over the summer and the column has since been filled by a rotating cast. Lindgren's initial pick to replace Cohen as The Ethicist, Ariel Kaminer, lasted but a year. She was replaced by Chuck Klosterman.
There's no word on a possible successor for Lindgren should he depart.
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