Essence of Emil

Emil Wilbekin

For those of you who follow the media like its the NBA Finals, I am sure you’ve heard the news by now. But if not…

Emil Wilbekin, my former boss and respected tweeter, has been named Managing Editor of As Managing Editor, Emil will lead the editorial team and work closely with General Manager Lesley Pinckney and the brand’s senior creative and business executives on the development and extension of the site’s unique offerings, which include original video programming and an active online community in partnership with the Ning social network.

“We are so excited to have such an experienced journalist and talented editor as Emil join the team,” says Essence Editor-in- Chief Angela Burt-Murray. “The broad spectrum of Emil’s expertise – from style to entertainment to news — will further the development of Essence’s digital platform, which serves a broad audience of savvy and intelligent African-American women with innovative daily content.”

Emil had been the Editor-in-Chief at GIANT (my last place of employment), where he oversaw editorial for the magazine and for (DING!). During his tenure, he helped re-launch the website, resulting in impressive traffic growth and two Webby honors (for Best Fan Site and Best Celebrity Site). Also notably, he created the site’s robust coverage of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, “A New Day”, from the perspective of celebrity, style and culture.

Congrats, EW!


2 responses to “Essence of Emil

  1. Sounds like a good move – online publishing needs his type of direction. You mention Giant being your last place of employment – I take it your no longer there? holla and let me know what your up to now! I like to keep great media people in my contacts!

  2. Troy, this is what I am up to. Peep the contact page for my info.

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