‘Traveler’ layoffs reach 17 as Conde Nast travel title adopts a softer focus

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Fourteen Condé Nast Traveler employees were laid off yesterday, bringing the total number of staffers cut under new editor-in-chief Pilar Guzman to 17, a source familiar with the matter total Capital.

Three of the latest layoffs were first reported early this morning by the New York Post's Keith Kelly, who noted that executive editor Kevin Doyle and senior editors Alison Humes and Dinda Elliott were among the unlucky ones.

Capital has learned they also include features editor Peter Stevenson, the entire graphics department, three members of the photo department and two assistant editors. They were all clearing out their desks this morning, hurling office detritus into two dumpster bins that have been placed in the hallway.

Several weeks ago, the photo director, fashion director and managing editor were fired, which means Guzman, the former Cookie editor poached last month from Martha Stewart Living, has now cleared out roughly half of Traveler's existing staff as she begins to put her stamp on the globe-trotting glossy.

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The cuts come as Vogue editor Anna Wintour is consolidating power at Condé Nast in her new role as artistic director. Wintour has been shaking up various titles, and is said to be steering Traveler in a softer direction.

A source with knowledge of the layoffs said Guzman, who was hired following the surprising dismissal of longtime editor-in-chief Klara Glowczewska, told editors that Traveler was moving away from the hard-hitting long-form features it has been known for since Harry Evans conceived the magazine 25 years ago. 

"She sort of fired everyone who does those things," the source said, noting that Guzman is a "really nice person" and that she didn't seem to be enjoying the culling. "With no more features, I think it's gonna look like a sort of 24-time-zone shopping guide. She's got a tough job ahead of her."

We're told the people laid off were given standard severance packages of two weeks pay for every year of service with the company.

A spokesperson for Condé Nast Traveler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.