Dorothy Wickenden became the Executive Editor of The New Yorker in January 1996. She joined the magazine as Managing Editor in March 1995. She also writes for the magazine and is the moderator of its weekly podcast “The Political Scene.” Wickenden is on the faculty of The Writers’ Institute at CUNY’s Graduate Center, where she teaches a course on narrative nonfiction.
Previously, Wickenden was National Affairs Editor at Newsweek from 1993 – 1995. Before that, she spent fifteen years at The New Republic, first as Managing Editor and later as Executive Editor. She edited “The New Republic Reader: 80 Years of Opinion and Debate” (Basic Books, 1994), an anthology of New Republic pieces. Ms. Wickenden has also written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, the Washington Post, and the Wilson Quarterly.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1988-1989. She served as a member of the Colleges’ Board of Trustees from 1994-1998.
Wickenden lives with her husband and two daughters in Westchester, New York.
Books in order of publication:
The New Republic Reader: Eighty Years Of Opinion And Debate – 1994
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West – 2011
The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights – 2021