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Danyel Smith, formerly of Vibe.com, named executive editor of The Root.com

(September 8, 2009) Danyel Smith, last known in the media business for her work as content chief for Vibe.com, has been named executive editor of The Root.com.

Smith, 44, is also a novelist, and was an editor at Time Inc. At The Root she will assume the position held by managing editor Lynette Clemetson who stepped down earlier this year.

A memo from The Root's publisher, Donna Byrd, announced Smith's appointment:

"I am pleased to announce that Danyel Smith will be The Root's new executive editor. Danyel is the former chief content officer at Vibe Media Group (which includes Vibe Magazine and Vibe.com). In addition to being Vibe's first female and first African-American editor-in-chief, she was a former editor-at-large of Time Inc., a critic for The New York Times and a contributor to Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, Elle, The Village Voice, and The New Yorker, among other publications. She is also an acclaimed novelist, author of More Like Wrestling and Bliss."

"Danyel fills the position left by Lynette Clemetson, who accepted the Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan earlier this summer. I would like to extend a special thanks to The Root editorial team, who has not skipped a beat during this transition, providing provocative commentary and analysis on everything from the death of Michael Jackson and Henry Louis Gates' arrest to the confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor and the Obama health-care plan."

Smith will be based in both New York and Washington, D.C. and will begin her duties immediately.

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