Advocate editor Anne Stockwell announced Friday
that she is stepping down from the magazine's top
position as editor in chief, effective in mid June.
Veteran journalist and former Advocate news
editor Jon Barrett will take her place, according to
here! Networks, which is in the process of acquiring
The Advocate and its sister publications.
through the ranks during her 15-year tenure and as editor
in chief has overseen the magazine's 40th anniversary and a
redesign. On May 10, Stockwell accepted an award for
Outstanding Magazine -- Overall Coverage by the Gay
and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, an honor
never before given to an LGBT publication. She will continue
to contribute to the magazine as editor at large and
plans to contribute to Out and Out
Traveler in the future.
"It's been an
honor to help build and grow The Advocate,"
Stockwell said. "This remarkable magazine is essential
to our community. I'm proud to be part of its tradition."
Barrett is slated
to take Stockwell's position in June. Prior to
returning to The Advocate, Barrett worked for
O at Home, O the Oprah Magazine, Cargo, and
"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 in a statement. (The