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WWD reached out to Jared Stern, the former New York Post Page Six columnist, to find out what he has been up to.

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Men'sWeek issue 03/24/2011

STERN SURFACES: On Tuesday, AOL management hosted a conference call for all its freelancers. They were addressing the future of the company’s editorial sites in the wake of the Huffington Post acquisition. When it came time for the Q&A session, former New York Times Style writer Allen Salkin, who makes videos for AOL’s food site, Slashfood, spoke up. “I’d just like to say hi to Jared Stern,” he said, calling out the former New York Post Page Six columnist, who left the paper after being accused of trying to extort $250,000 from billionaire Ron Burkle as payment for favorable coverage. “The reason I said hello to Jared is because I hadn’t said hi to Jared in a few years,” Salkin explained.

WWD reached out to Stern to find out what he has been up to. “I’ve been at Luxist for a while, so I’m not sure if that’s real newsy,” he said, speaking from his second home in southern Maine (his other residence, in Oak Hill, N.Y., is for sale). “I am just today, though — well, hopefully today, maybe tomorrow — launching a new Web site for Urban Daddy. It’s called Driven, and it’s a new cars channel. It’s cars and style.” Recently he test-drove a Volvo s60 and a Mercedes G Wagon. Otherwise he’s been keeping himself busy with freelance work and what he called “country pursuits.” Country pursuits? “In Maine we have horses, so, you know, riding.” But, he added, “I am working most of the time.”

“Forgot to mention,” Stern wrote in an e-mail after the call, “I had a story about Steven Spielberg’s new yacht on Luxist that brought in 5.6 million hits yesterday and set a new traffic record for the site.”

— Zeke Turner

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