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PATH OF GLORY: These might be strange times in the media world but one thing remains true: If you’re a young assistant for a big magazine editor, there’s a good chance you’ll land safely on someone’s masthead.
Case in point: Katherine Stirling, David Remnick’s assistant as of July, is the new articles editor at Vanity Fair. She’s been on the job for three weeks. “I’m absolutely delighted to be here,” said Stirling, 28.
She left Remnick’s side after three years on the job in late July. She worked briefly with Deborah Needleman at WSJ, before landing the job at Vanity Fair to edit features.
“I was impressed with Katherine’s youth and clear intelligence,” said Graydon Carter, who surely is happy to add a late twentysomething to his stable of editors, in an e-mail.
“She’s just very good,” said Remnick. “I wouldn’t waste a colleague’s time like Graydon’s unless she was good and so I recommended her.”
In addition to assistant duties at The New Yorker, Stirling got to edit writers like Alec Wilkinson and Barbara Demick.
Stirling now joins the Remnick assistant alumni group, which includes, among others, Dana Goodyear, a staff writer at The New Yorker and the co-founder of the young adult literature and tech business Figment, and Kate Taylor, an arts reporter at The New York Times.
And who’s the next lucky Remnick lady? That would be Alexis Okeowo, who will work alongside longtime New Yorker executive assistant Brenda Phipps. — John Koblin