Condé Nast tapped Dawn Davis as the new editor in chief for Bon Appetit after race controversies ousted the food magazine’s top editor earlier this summer.

An award-winning book editor known for promoting marginalized voices, Davis was most recently vice president and publisher of 37 Ink, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

She replaced longtime editor in chief Adam Rapoport, who stepped down in June amid outcry over a 2013 Instagram post of him wearing “brown face” in a Puerto Rican costume for a Halloween party.

Since then the publication has been mired in controversy of lack of inclusiveness on its food pages and underpayment of people of color in its video department, which has led to some high-level departures in recent weeks.

“A proven trailblazer in publishing and known for her innovative approach, Dawn’s ability to find emerging voices and give them the platforms to transform our society is unparalleled,” said Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch.

In her new role, Davis will be responsible for the editorial vision of Bon Appétit and Condé Nast’s food brands Epicurious, Healthyish and Basically across digital, video, OTT, social and print platforms. Her appointment takes effect Nov. 2.

During her 25-year career in book publishing, she has championed people of color with award-winning titles that include “Heads of the Colored People” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, winner of a 2019 Whiting Award; and National Book Award finalist “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave.”

Davis also has published bestsellers including Susan Rice’s “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For” and “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” by Issa Rae.

Main Source link