Former Harper’s Bazaar executive editor Stephen Mooallem has just been named editor-in-chief at The Village Voice. The regional publication is planning its first rebrand ever, and Mooallem was brought on to oversee the editorial vision and a new product, VOICE, which will be released on digital, print, and event platforms in 2017.
“Stephen has the experience and perspective required to connect with our audience and engage new readers,” said CEO and president Peter Barbey. “Stephen will be instrumental in guiding The Village Voice into a new phase. He has the strategic vision that we can build a brand around.”
As executive editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Mooallem played a more behind the scenes role, top-editing, overseeing staff, and spearheading revenue-generating projects. He joins the Voice December 29 and will report to Barbey. Before joining Hearst, Mooallem was EIC at Interview, and began his career at The Village Voice as a contributor for the national news desk.
As part of the new direction, Suzan Gursoy, who joined as publisher this year, will add chief operating officer to her title. The company has brought on design firm Pentagram for the redesign of the weekly and VOICE, and tapped digital firm Postlight to build out a new website.