David Granger Out at Esquire; Jay Fielden to Take Over

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The outgoing and incoming <em>Esquire</em> EICs.
The outgoing and incoming Esquire EICs.Photo: BFA

The men’s-magazine shakeup continues. Women’s Wear Daily reports today that longtime Esquire EIC David Granger, who has been at the helm for almost two decades, will be replaced by Jay Fielden. Fielden has served as the editor-in-chief of Town & Country, and before that, Men’s Vogue, and will remain on the T&C masthead as editorial director. (A new EIC will be named there in early March, per the report.) It hardly bears repeating that it’s been a bumpy couple of months for men’s magazines: Details shuttered in November, and Maxim underwent some editorial reshuffling late last year.

While under Granger’s stewardship, Esquire won 16 ASME awards, published writing by David Foster Wallace and Gay Talese, and created a digital archive and a TV network. (Okay, they may have also published this story, but nobody’s perfect.) He told the paper, “I’m in awe of my staff and writers for their genius and their commitment to Esquire and I can’t wait to see what new opportunities await me.”