Tina Brown has had an illustrious and groundbreaking career in journalism. She was editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair; the first female editor of The New Yorker in its 73 year history; she hosted CNBC's Topic A with Tina Brown and currently writes a weekly column for The Washington Post.
Tina Brown graduated with an M.A. from Oxford at St Anne's College and is the author of two plays: "Under the Bamboo Tree" and "Happy Yellow." She made a lifelong detour into journalism in 1973 writing for the London Sunday Times, The New Statesman and The Sunday Telegraph. That same year, she won the Catherine Pakenham Award for Most Promising Female Journalist of the Year and her writing from this era was collected in two books, Life As A Party and Loose Talk.
Tina Brown's editorial reputation for revitalizing publications began at the Tatler magazine, a nearly defunct 270 year old "society" magazine in London where she was named editor-in-chief in 1979 when she was 25 years old. During her tenure there from 1979 to 1983, the circulation rose 300 percent and was purchased by Condé Nast magazines in 1982.
At the end of 1983, S.I. Newhouse, Chairman of Condé Nast magazines, invited Tina to move to the United States to be the editor-in-chief of the recently launched and seriously ailing Vanity Fair magazine. Under her direction from 1984 to 1992, Vanity Fair rose from a circulation of 350,000 to 1.1 million and won four National Magazine Awards, including a 1989 award for General Excellence. Ms. Brown herself was named Advertising Age's first Magazine Editor of the Year.
In 1992 Mr. Newhouse invited Ms. Brown to take on another big publishing challenge - the revitalization of The New Yorker magazine. She was the fourth editor in the magazine's 73 year history and was the magazine's first female editor. In her six and a half year tenure, she raised circulation by 145 percent on the newsstand and 28 percent overall and the magazine was honored with 4 George Polk Awards, 5 Overseas Press Club Awards, and 10 National Magazine Awards, including a 1995 award for General Excellence, the first in the magazine's history. Ms. Brown was the first magazine editor to be honored with the National Press Foundation's Editor of the Year Award in 1992.
At The New Yorker, Tina Brown hired 75 new writers and editors, including Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Malcolm Gladwell. In 1998, she left The New Yorker and founded Talk Media with partners Harvey and Bob Weinstein of Miramax Films launching Talk magazine and the Talk Miramax Books Company.
Presently, she writes a weekly column in The Washington Post and until recently hosted CNBC's Topic A with Tina Brown, a weekly series which featured opinionated guests discussing and debating provocative topics in the arenas of business, politics and culture. Tina is writing a book about the legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales, which will examine the effect she had on the monarchy, the public and the press, for Doubleday to be published in 2007.
Tina Brown is married to Sir Harold Evans, former editor of the Sunday Times of London, President of Random House and author of The American Century. In November 2000, Tina was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth, for her services to overseas journalism. The couple have two children, George and Isabel, and reside in New York.
NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in the Forum programs from December 1, 2005 and March 4, 2010.
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