Ebony Magazine Hires New Editor, CEO Denies Sale Rumors

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From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Ebony magazine has named Amy DuBois Barnett, former deputy editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, as its new Editor-in-Chief, the publisher announced today.

Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Ebony publisher Johnson Publishing Co., and daughter of the founder, told the Sun-Times today that she wants Barnett to enhance Ebony as a magazine and push it forward with new digital content.

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Rice also said she has no immediate plans to sell Ebony or Johnson Publishing, the company that her late father, John H. Johnson, fashioned into an iconic and influential voice in the African-American community nationwide.

“I have no plans to sell the company. None,” Rice said, adding that she cannot say what might happen in the future.

“I’m really excited about Amy [Barnett] now. That’s my main concentration now,” Rice said.

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