Noah Shachtman, the hard-charging editor with a knack for scrutinizing the rich and powerful, announced that he is resigning from his post as editor-in-chief of Rolling Stone, following discussions with the iconic music and culture magazine’s top boss about the publication’s direction, as reported by Oliver Darcy for CNN.
Shachtman signaled that he had differences with Rolling Stone chief executive Gus Wenner. I Photo: Cmichel67 Wikimedia Commons
Shachtman, who will formally step down on March 1, said in a statement that he was “so proud” of everything he and his team have accomplished over his two-and-a-half-year tenure but signaled that he had differences with Rolling Stone chief executive Gus Wenner.
“Culture-shaping scoops and profiles, a National Magazine Award, an Emmy nomination, more than two billion views in the last year alone, and, most importantly, the assembling of a genuinely remarkable team,” Shachtman said, listing the publication’s recent accomplishments.
In a note to staff, Wenner thanked Shachtman and said that he will begin a search for a new editor in the coming weeks. But he stressed that he is “in no rush” and that the “team we have in place is exceptional.”
Wenner said that during the interim period, Sean Woods, deputy editor, and Lisa Tozzi, digital director, will “take over day-to-day editorial leadership.”
Shachtman added that while he was stepping down as editor, he would be a contributing writer for the magazine. “I’ll also be writing for other outlets while I work on a start-up project,” he said.