Teen Vogue Names New Editor in Chief and she's a Woman of Color!
Versha Sharma, managing editor and senior correspondent for NowThis, will become the editor in chief at the Condé Nast publication following the March resignation of Alexi McCammond due to racist and homophobic tweets she wrote a decade ago.
In her new role, Sharma will lead Teen Vogue’s editorial vision and content creation across all platforms. Her appointment takes effect on May 24, 2021.
Sharma has extensive experience in political and cultural coverage in the U.S. and abroad. Before being named managing editor in 2015, Sharma held the title of senior editorial producer at NowThis. She started her career in media at TalkingPointsMemo in 2009 as a news writer, and later, associate publisher, where she helped establish TPM’s editorial voice on digital and social platforms. In 2012, as a freelance writer, she covered the 2012 U.S. presidential election for MSNBC.com before joining Vocativ as senior editor and reporter. At Vocativ, Sharma managed seven international bureau leads, wrote political features, and developed a content distribution strategy.
She grew up in Louisiana and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where she enjoys supporting local restaurants and bars, binge watching Marvel series and “Schitt's Creek” and birding with her husband.
Teen Vogue has experienced traffic growth and increased engagement: in March 2021, unique views were up 31% and time spent was up 49% when compared to the same period last year. In addition, the title has built a social following of more than 13 million followers across all platforms.
“I’ve long admired the work that Teen Vogue has done, building and fostering a community of young people who want to change the world,” Sharma said in a Condé Nast announcement Monday.
“I believe that Teen Vogue can continue to be a force for good, with a focus on empathy, accountability, optimism and impact, and it is such an honor to join this team and lead the title into the future.”