Hugo Lindgren is out as editor of ‘The New York Times Magazine’
Hugo Lindgren is leaving his position as editor of The New York Times Magazine at the end of the year, Capital has learned.
There's no word yet on plans for a successor.
Rumors of a change at the paper's glossy Sunday supplement leaked out this afternoon. But speculation about Lindgren's future at the magazine has been swirling for some time now, with multiple sources suggesting in recent months that he could be on his way out.
Reached this evening by telephone, Lindgren would not comment on the matter. A spokesperson for the Times did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Lindgren's three-year tenure has been marked by a string of personnel shuffling. He didn't waste any time putting his stamp on the magazine when he returned to a job there in the fall of 2010. (He previously worked under former Times Magazine editor Adam Moss.)
Lindgren fired longtime Times magazine interviewer Deborah Solomon and "Ethicist" columnist Randy Cohen. Andrew Goldman, who left earlier this year, took over from Solomon to helm the renamed “Talk” column, but Goldman departed from the magazine over the summer and the column has since been filled by a rotating cast.
Lindgren's initial pick to replace Cohen as The Ethicist, Ariel Kaminer, lasted but a year. She was replaced by Chuck Klosterman.
Lindgren brought some punch back to the magazine, but some critics whiffed at its blue-tinted "riff" pages and other soft features he incorporated.
He created quirky new franchises like the educational "Who Made That?" column, and a fluffy front-of-book feature called "One Page Magazine," a hodgepodge that was like a visualization of the famous Harper's Index list without the numbers.
Still, the magazine maintained a presence at the annual National Magazine Awards during his tenure. It was most recently a finalist in the feature-writing category and won for feature photography in 2012.
Lindgren's 2010 hire by then executive editor Bill Keller ended what had been a protracted search for a replacement for Lindgren's predecessor, Gerry Marzorati.
A longtime former deputy of Moss, who left the Times to take over New York magazine, where Lindgren also worked, he served an eight-month stint at Bloomberg Businessweek before coming back to the paper of record.
Ad pages for the magazine were flat through the first six months of this year.
—Joe Pompeo contributed reporting to this article
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