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New York Taps Nussbaum to be TV Critic

tdy_lauer_blogs_040113.300w.jpgNew York has named Emily Nussbaum to be its new television critic, filling a role that has been vacant since last November when longtime critic John Leonard passed away.

Nussbaum has been at the magazine since 2005 — most recently she penned the article about the “renegade cybergeeks” at the NYT. Prior to that she was was the editor-in-chief of Nerve and has contributed to the New York Times and Slate among others. Says editor-in-chief Adam Moss: “Nussbaum has a unique understanding of the way the medium has evolved, and writes with intelligence about storytelling, technology, and the changing experiences and role of the audience in this new television age. She will be writing longer-form essays for the magazine, and quick-response pieces for the web meant to stimulate the ongoing cultural conversation that is already such an important part of nymag.com.” Full release after the jump.


New York, NY, January 22, 2009 — New York magazine editor-in-chief Adam Moss announced today that Emily Nussbaum, currently editor-at-large for the magazine, has been named television critic, effective immediately. Nussbaum steps into the role left vacant since New York’s esteemed longtime critic John Leonard passed away last November. Nussbaum will review for both the print magazine and nymag.com.

Since joining New York in 2005 Nussbaum served as editor of the “Culture Pages” section, overseeing its creation, and more recently as editor-at-large, writing on a wide range of topics, with a particular focus on the social and cultural transformations of the internet age. She has also written extensively on television for the magazine and website, including a definitive essay on of the ending of the Sopranos; profiles of Sarah Jessica Parker, Edie Falco, and Elisabeth Moss; feature stories on the rise of product placement on shows like 30 Rock; and weekly episode reviews at nymag.com’s Vulture blog of Lost and Big Love, among other shows.

“I’m delighted that Emily will be bringing her prodigious intellect and deep appreciation of the medium to the role of TV critic,” says Adam Moss. “John Leonard was the ideal critic for the period of television he wrote about during his long tenure. Emily is perfectly suited to succeed him. She has a unique understanding of the way the medium has evolved, and writes with intelligence about storytelling, technology, and the changing experiences and role of the audience in this new television age. She will be writing longer-form essays for the magazine, and quick-response pieces for the web meant to stimulate the ongoing cultural conversation that is already such an important part of nymag.com.”

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