American Society of Magazine Editors

Speakers

Speakers

  • Laurie Abraham

    Senior Editor

    The Atlantic

    Laurie Abraham is a senior editor at The Atlantic. Most recently, Abraham was executive features editor at New York Magazine, where she edited cover stories, other features, and packages for the magazine. Before joining New York in 2017, Abraham, who started her career in magazines at Mirabella, was at Elle in various roles including as executive editor and features director. She is the author of Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Health Care in Urban America and The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in the Life of a Couples Therapy Group. Previously, she was a regular writer at Elle and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.

  • Patrik Henry Bass

    Senior Editor

    HarperCollins

    Patrik Henry Bass joined HarperCollins as a senior editor in June 2018. For nearly two decades he was a part of ESSENCE’s editorial team first as books editor and for his last five years as editorial projects director. He built on the success of the magazine’s literary tradition and transformed the books section into the definitive voice for African-American trends in publishing. Bass played a significant role in the development of such recognizable editorial franchises as The Essence Book Club, the Essence Short Fiction Contest, the Essence Best-Sellers List and the 2008 Essence Literary Awards.

    Bass was also a member of the magazine’s senior features team, where he edited a wide-range of articles including profiles, personal service stories and special projects.

    Bass has written and edited for numerous publications including The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York and Publishers Weekly.

    He is co-author of In Our Own Image: Treasured African-American Traditions, Journeys and Icons (Running Press, 2001) and wrote Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington, August 28, 1963 (Running Press, 2002).

    The Zero Degree Zombie Zone, his first children’s book, was released on August 26, 2014 from Scholastic Press.

    Bass has made numerous appearances speaking about media and publishing, including CNN’s Weekend Edition, and Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio and is currently a contributor to The Takeaway, a co-production of WNYC, The New York Times , WGBH and The BBC.

    Bass, a former professor at New York University’s School of Journalism and a current adjunct professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School., grew up in Laurinburg, N.C. and lives in Brooklyn.

  • Ben Court

    Executive Editor

    Men's Health

    Ben Court is the executive editor of Men's Health. He has more than a decade of experience writing and editing stories about peak performance, as it relates to health, nutrition, fitness, weight loss, and sex and relationships. He enjoys yoga, cycling, running, swimming, lifting, grilling, and napping.

  • Leah Finnegan

    Executive Editor

    The Outline

    Leah Finnegan is the executive editor of The Outline. She has been an editor at The New York Times, Gawker, Cosmopolitan, the Huffington Post and more.

  • Lori Fradkin

    Senior Editor

    TIME

    Lori Fradkin is a senior editor at TIME. She was previously the executive editor at Cosmopolitan.com, where she was an editor on the publication's ASME-winning "How to Run for Office" package. She has also worked at HuffPost, AOL and New York Magazine. Lori lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

  • Jada Gomez

    Executive Editor

    Bustle

    Jada Gomez is the executive editor of Bustle, the leading digital destination for women. There, she oversees lifestyle, books and entertainment.

    Prior to joining Bustle, she served as site director at Latina Magazine, and held additional positions at PEOPLE, TIME, and HipHopDX. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.

     

  • Bethany Heitman

    Executive Editor

    Health

    Bethany Heitman is the executive editor of Health. Before joining Health in 2017, Heitman was the editor in chief of StyleWatch Prior to that, she spent two years as executive editor at Seventeen and nearly a decade at Cosmopolitan, where she wrote celebrity profiles, oversaw the lifestyle content and launched the brand’s first-ever international, multi-platform campaign. Her work has been featured on Today, Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight. Heitman is a graduate of Fordham University and resides in Brooklyn with her husband.

  • Mark Jannot

    Story Editor

    The New York Times Magazine

    Mark Jannot is a story editor at The New York Times Magazine. His 30-year career has featured tours at the helm of such iconic brands as Popular Science, Audubon, Popular Photography, and Reader’s Digest’s enthusiast titles; the launches of National Geographic Adventure and Science Illustrated; and a stint as President of the American Society of Magazine Editors. He led the creative team on the first-ever custom-built iPad magazine edition, Popular Science+, which became the basis for the innovative Mag+ tablet publishing platform. He led the development and launch of PPX: The PopSci Predictions Exchange, an online market in which thousands of traders collectively predicted the future by buying and selling shares in science- and tech-related propositions. In all, magazines under Jannot’s editorial oversight have been named finalist for 19 National Magazine Awards, winning 7.

  • Ashley Oerman

    Senior Editor

    Cosmopolitan

    Ashley Oerman is a senior editor at Cosmopolitan, editing and writing print and digital wellness content. And, as of 2019, she manages Cosmopolitan magazine’s new YOU section. She is pro-carb.

  • Michael Solomon

    Editor

    ForbesLife and ForbesLife.com

    Michael Solomon is the editor of ForbesLife and ForbesLife.com. He was previously an editor-at-large at TIME.com, the features director of The Daily Beast, and the editor in chief of Premiere magazine. He began his career at Esquire, immediately following his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, and was the magazine’s longtime features editor. He has also been an editor at Vogue and UsWeekly, and has written for many national publications, including Vanity Fair, Elle, and the Guardian. Solomon is the author of several books, including I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin, and the Malcolm Gladwell parody Blank: The Power of Not Actually Thinking at All.

  • Nicholas Thompson

    Editor in Chief

    WIRED

    Nicholas Thompson is the editor in chief of WIRED, a position he has held since January 2017. Under his leadership, WIRED has broken massive, and much-lauded, stories about Facebook, cyber-warfare, the Robert Mueller investigation, and numerous other topics. Since Thompson took over, WIRED’s digital subscriptions have climbed almost 300 percent. The magazine has won a National Magazine Award for design and photography and been named a finalist for General Excellence. WIRED has also been named one of Ad Age’s A-List digital publishers and won numerous honors from The Webby Awards, The Shorty Awards, and The Society of Publication Designers.

    Thompson is a contributor for CBS News and regularly appears on CBS This Morning and CBSN. He is a cofounder of The Atavist, a National Magazine Award–winning digital publication. Prior to joining WIRED, Thompson served as editor of NewYorker.com from 2012 to 2017. Before The New Yorker, Thompson was a senior editor at WIRED, where he assigned and edited the feature story “The Great Escape,” which was the basis for the Oscar-winning film Argo. In 2009, his book “The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War” was published to critical acclaim.

    Thompson currently serves on the boards of The Stanford Daily, The American Society of Magazine Editors, and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. He was a United States Truman Scholar and graduated from Stanford University.

  • Greg Veis

    Executive Editor

    HuffPost Highline

    Greg Veis is a founder and executive editor of Highline, the National Magazine Award-winning longform publication within HuffPost. Before that, he was an executive editor of The New Republic, a story editor at The New York Times Magazine, and an associate editor at GQ.