Celebrated Journalists to Leave Posts

Robin Givhan, the Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion writer, is jumping ship, and Mira Lowe is leaving her position as editor-in-chief of Jet.

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Robin Givhan (Getty Images)

In D.C., Robin Givhan Exits Post for Newsweek/Daily Beast

Mira Lowe announced her resignation Tuesday as editor-in-chief of Jet magazine, and Robin Givhan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion writer for the Washington Post, said she was leaving the Post for the new merged Newsweek and Daily Beast.

Lowe, a former Newsday associate editor, was brought to Johnson Publishing Co. in 2007 as one of the first hires of then-editorial director Bryan Monroe. She was named Jet’s first female editor-in-chief in April 2009.

“I just thought it was a great time to pursue some personal and professional goals,” Lowe said Tuesday. Teaching might be one option. A year ago, Lowe’s husband, Herbert Lowe, also a former Newsday journalist, joined the faculty of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University as a professional in residence. But, she said, “We are open to all opportunities. We don’t want to block our blessings.”

Her last day is to be Jan. 3. Lowe is planning a farewell column for the Jan. 10 issue.

At the new Newsweek and Daily Beast, Givhan will be a special correspondent, style and culture, Daily Beast spokesman Andrew Kirk told Journal-isms.

Givhan said that technically her appointment will be with Newsweek. Audio-equipment magnate Sidney Harman, who bought the money-losing newsweekly for $1, completed negotiations in November to merge Newsweek with the two-year-old online startup. Magazine veteran Tina Brown, who edits the Daily Beast, will become Newsweek editor-in-chief.

Just two months ago, Post editors announced the departure of media writer Howard Kurtz to the Daily Beast after 29 years. On Tuesday, they reported Givhan’s planned departure as well as that of art critic Blake Gopnik, who is leaving “to try something new elsewhere.”

Gopnik covered an explosive controversy on his beat — the removal by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery of a video called “A Fire in My Belly,” which includes 11 seconds of footage of a small crucifix crawling with ants. Some Christians objected to the passage as sacrilegious and threatened the Smithsonian’s funding. In the New York Times on Sunday, op-ed columnist Frank Rich called the removal an example of homophobia. On Dec. 1, the Post ran an essay by Gopnik headlined, “Museums shouldn’t bow to censorship of any kind.”

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