April 8, 2014 Last Updated 2:54 pm

American Society of Magazine Editors elects Graydon Carter to Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame

Before founding Spy in 1986 with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips, Carter worked as a staff writer at TIME and LIFE. He was later the editor of The New York Observer

Press Release:

NEW YORK, NY – April 8, 2014 -— The American Society of Magazine Editors is pleased to announce the election of Graydon Carter to the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, will be honored at the National Magazine Awards Annual Dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis on May 1, 2014.

“Few journalists are as influential—and as well known—as Graydon Carter,” said Sid Holt, Chief Executive of ASME.  “All you have to do is look around in print and online to see the lasting influence of Spy, the magazine he co-founded and -edited in the 1980s. As the editor of Vanity Fair for the last two decades, he has continued to have an outsize impact not only on magazine journalism but also on American culture. No one is more deserving of this honor than Graydon Carter.”

Before founding Spy in 1986 with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips, Mr. Carter worked as a staff writer at TIME and LIFE. He was later the editor of The New York Observer. Carter was appointed editor of Vanity Fair in 1992. Since then, Vanity Fair has won 14 National Magazine Awards, including two for General Excellence. Mr. Carter has been named Advertising Age’s editor of the year and was the first journalist to be named Adweek’s editor of the year twice.

Carter is the author of What We’ve Lost, a comprehensive critical examination of the Bush administration.  He is also the co-editor, with Kurt Andersen and George Kalogerakis, of Spy: The Funny Years and the editor of several books drawn from the pages of Vanity Fair. Carter was a producer of I’ll Eat You Last, a one-woman play starring Bette Midler, and has produced or co-produced several documentaries, including Public Speaking, directed by Martin Scorsese; His Way, which was nominated for a primetime Emmy; and The Kid Stays in the Picture, about the legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans. Mr. Carter was also an executive producer of 9/11, the Emmy-winning film by Jules and Gedeon Naudet.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Carter resides in Manhattan with his wife, Anna, and their daughter.  He has four older children. Carter is also the co-owner of three New York City restaurants: the Waverly Inn, the Monkey Bar and the Beatrice Inn.

The Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame was established in 1995 by the American Society of Magazine Editors to recognize the editorial achievements and career-long accomplishments of leading journalists and honors distinguished service to magazine media. Among the members of the Hall of Fame best known to the general public are Anna Wintour, Martha Stewart, Tina Brown, Hugh Hefner, Gloria Steinem, Jann S. Wenner and Helen Gurley Brown.

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, preserve editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

For more information about the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame and the National Magazine Awards Annual Dinner, please visit www.magazine.org/asme.   

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