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Jon Barrett Named New Editor in Chief of The Advocate and

Tuesday May 27, 2008

Veteran journalist Jon Barrett will helm LGBT media's publication of record, The Advocate and its online properties as its new Editor in Chief, here! Networks announced Friday.

Barrett, formerly The Advocate's Senior News Editor from 1997-2003, will step into the Editor in Chief position upon here! Networks final purchase of LPI Media properties from PlanetOut Inc.

"Over the past 40 years The Advocate has become the publication of record for the LGBT community," said Paul Colichman and Stephen P. Jarchow, CEO and Chairman of here! Networks, respectively. "We are thrilled that Jon Barrett will bring his talent to this important brand and continue the historic tradition of The Advocate. Barrett will provide the magazine with a provocative new perspective around the critical issues affecting the lives of the LGBT community as well as expand into a definitive, daily online news source. "

A journalist with 15-plus years in the business, Barrett has acted as Features Director at O at Home, a Hearst publication, Oprah Magazine and most recently he filled the Assistant Editor position at the Windy City Times, Chicago's leading LGBT weekly newspaper.

Barrett's lengthy resume also includes turns as Senior Editor for Cargo, a Conde Nast publication, and as Senior Editor at Time Inc.'s Real Simple.

"The Advocate has always mirrored the needs of its readership, whether that meant advancing the explosive push for civil rights in the 1960s, documenting the heady liberation of the 1970s, or assuming the serious-and necessary-mantle of newsmagazine in the 1980s and '90s," Barrett said.

Barret will fill the position currently held by Anne Stockwell, who after 15 years in a leadership role at The Advocate-including overseeing its redesign and the 40th Anniversary issue-has resigned to pursue new opportunities. But Stockwell will continue to contribute to the magazine as Editor at Large, as well as penning features for its fellow publications, Out and Out Traveler.

"Jon Barrett is a proven talent who brings with him experience, perspective, and passion. I look forward to working together," said Editorial Director of The Advocate and Out, Aaron Hicklin.

"In these extraordinary times for the LGBT community, I can't think of a better steward for a magazine that continues to chronicle, and advance, our struggle for equality," Hicklin said.

Beyond his magazine work, Barrett wrote 2002's Hero of Flight 93: Mark Bingham, from Alyson Books, and worked as a writing collaborator on Evan Wolfson's Why Marriage Matters, published by Simon & Schuster in 2004.

"What it means to be a member of the LGBT community continues to evolve, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to carry on with Anne Stockwell's incredible work, ensuring that The Advocate and are in step with-and ahead of-these changes," Barrett said

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