Barnett named Executive Editor for new ESPN African-American website
7, 2014) ESPN Digital & Print Media today announced that award-winning
journalist Amy DuBois Barnett will join ESPN as Executive Editor of
Jason Whitlock's upcoming site that will provide coverage, commentary
and insight about sports and culture directed towards an
African-American audience. In this role, Barnett will manage editorial
operations for the site. She will report to Whitlock, founder and
Most recently, Barnett was Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, the oldest and
largest African-American magazine in the country. At Ebony, Barnett
executed the publication's first top-to-bottom redesign in its 68-year
history and also re-launched Ebony.com, both to critical acclaim.
"Amy's impressive resume across a wide range of publications and brands,
as well as her leadership experience, will ensure that the site will be
at the forefront of news and commentary relevant to African-Americans,"
said Whitlock. "Together, we aim to serve audiences with quality and
innovative journalism when the site debuts."
"We continue to attract highly-acclaimed editors that bring a wealth of
knowledge and expertise to the ESPN Digital & Print Media team, and Amy
is a prime example," added Patrick Stiegman, vice president and
editorial director, ESPN Digital & Print Media. "She and Jason are
building a tremendous team that will speak to, entertain, inform and
serve African-American audiences about sports and culture."
Prior to Ebony, Barnett was the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Harper's
Bazaar. Barnett was also the Managing Editor of Teen People. Before Teen
People, Barnett served as Editor-in-Chief of Honey magazine where she
oversaw a major redesign of the magazine. Prior to Honey, Barnett was
with Essence magazine, heading up the publication's style content and
For her work as a journalist, Barnett received the 2012 MAAX Award for
Media Executive of the Year by Target Market News. In 2013, she was
included on the Folio 100, a list that honors the most innovative and
influential professionals in magazine media.
This past school year, Barnett was also an Adjunct Professor of
Management & Organizations at Northwestern University's Kellogg School
of Management, teaching a Spring semester class on Shifting Business
Frameworks in Media and Entertainment.
A Brown University graduate, Barnett also has an M.F.A. degree in
Creative Writing from Columbia University.
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