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'Glamour' Names a Replacement for Former Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive: CNN's Samantha Barry [Updated]

She's the first digital-native editor to lead the women's publication.
Samantha Barry, right. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Turner

Samantha Barry, right. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Turner

After a long wait, Glamour has finally named a replacement for former editor-in-chief Cindi Leive, first reported by Business of Fashion and confirmed by Glamour: Samantha Barry of CNN will take over the role.

In September 2017, Leive announced she would be departing the magazine after 16 years in the role. With a search that reportedly included names like Lena Dunham, Teen Vogue's Elaine Welteroth and The Cut's Stella Bugbee, Barry is a surprising pick for the Condé Nast publication. Barry has served as CNN's executive producer for social and emerging media since 2014.

"Sam is Glamour's first digital-native editor which is to say she arrives from the future rather than the past," said Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast, in an official statement. "As an editor she has led all manner of news coverage from the 2016 presidential election and the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting to the love story voicemails and the 2018 New Year's Eve festivities. Sam understands social media as a tool for storytelling and reporting; a way to support social conversation and the ever-changing contours of what's cool. Sam is fearless like so many leaders of the moment and has both a reverence for Glamour's history and a crystal clear view of its future in the digital environment."

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Barry will officially join the Glamour team on Monday, Jan. 15, overseeing all content development, production and consumer experiences across digital, social, video and print. 

"I am as humbled by Glamour's past as I am excited about Glamour future," said Barry in an official statement. "I could not be more proud to take the reigns of an iconic women's brand at this pivotal moment for all women's voices. For me, Glamour is the home of strong storytellers, insightful journalism, beauty and fashion. I look forward to building on the brand's success, and sharing Glamour with audiences everywhere."

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