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STAFFING UP: Now that WSJ. magazine editor Deborah Needleman is finished with her first issue, it’s time for a little hiring. “We did the magazine with very few people,” said Needleman in an interview in November. So she has hired Elle senior fashion news editor Whitney Vargas, who will be the fashion news director at WSJ. Nadia Vellam, who once was a photo editor for W and has been freelancing for WSJ. magazine, will become photo director. Fiona Murray, who has been fashion editor, will be promoted to features director. And Andrew Lutjens, who has been associate fashion editor, will be the market editor.
T: The New York Times Style Magazine has a staff of roughly 15 people, while WSJ. put out its first issue with five staffers. Needleman said in November that she wanted to find a deputy to help her put out WSJ. magazine since she splits her time between the magazine and the Off-Duty section for the Saturday edition of The Wall Street Journal.
“Ruth Altchek is the deputy editor that really runs [Off-Duty],” Needleman said previously. “My idea is to have someone eventually who does that for the magazine, too.”
For the moment, it appears that Murray, who will run day-to-day operations at the magazine, has that job.
The next issue of WSJ. magazine comes out in March.
— John Koblin