Sharma steps in nearly two months after Alexi McCammond’s bungled appointment to the top editor role at Teen Vogue. In March, Condé Nast brought in the 27-year-old Axios political reporter to lead its legacy teen magazine. Shortly after McCammond’s announcement, racist tweets of hers resurfaced that included derogatory anti-Asian and homophobic remarks.
McCammond had apologized for her tweets in the past, but intense blowback both from the Teen Vogue staff and the broader media community as a whole led McCammond to resign days before she started the job.
Similar to McCammond, Sharma is an outside hire that brings a strong background in political and cultural reporting, a signal that the magazine intends to double down on the activist stance it built up over the last decade.
In her most recent role, Sharma served as managing editor and senior correspondent for NowThis, a digital news site run by Group Nine Media, which also publishes The Dodo, Thrillist, PopSugar and Seeker. At NowThis, Sharma was responsible for daily news, politics and culture content across digital, video and audio platforms. She also directed U.S. election coverage over four election cycles.
Before NowThis, Sharma held several reporting roles covering politics and culture in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, she started her career as a news writer for Talking Points Memo and in 2012 covered the U.S. presidential election as a freelance writer for MSNBC.com. Her most recent role before NowThis was a Vocativ, a media and tech company based in New York where she managed seven international bureaus and also developed a company content distribution strategy.
“Versha is a natural leader with a global perspective and deep understanding of local trends and issues — from politics and activism to culture and fashion — and their importance to our audience,” Condé Nast Chief Content Officer Anna Wintour said in a press release. “She is a masterful storyteller who can move from platform to platform with ease, and I am excited by her optimistic and expansive vision for Teen Vogue.”
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