Jake Silverstein is leaving his post as editor in chief of Texas Monthly for a prestigious post outside the Lone Star State. On Friday afternoon, the New York Times announced that Silverstein will take the helm of New York Times Magazine as editor later this spring.
The announcement comes after speculation earlier this month that the magazine was looking outside its own borders for a new leader. CultureMap Austin reported in mid-March that Silverstein was being vetted for the role.
Silverstein's move to New York Times Magazine signifies a shift in the relationship between the newspaper and its monthly print component. “The magazine needs to become more part of the life of the paper,” said Dean Baquet, managing editor of The Times, who ran the selection process. His appointment will also be accompanied by a redesign of the publication — and a focus on inventive forms of storytelling.
“The editor needs to be much more of a visible presence in the newsroom and be in on the discussions of how we cover the big stories of the day,” Baquet said.
Silverstein, 38, is only the fourth editor of Texas Monthly. He was named editor in 2008 and has continued the magazine's legacy of thoughtful journalism and storytelling. Texas Monthly has not yet issued a public statement regarding Silverstein's departure.