Vanessa K. Bush Is The New Editor-In-Chief of ESSENCE

Nearly six months following the somewhat dramatic departure of their former Editor-in-chief, Constance White, ESSENCE has announced Vanessa K. Bush as their new editor-in-chief.

If you recall, when news of Constance’s departure first broke, the publication revealed that their Executive Editor, Vanessa K. Bush, would be stepping in temporarily as the EIC. It appears that Vanessa has been doing a greatl job in her temporary position because ESSENCE just announced that she will be officially and permanently fulfilling the role of editor-in-chief.

Vanessa’s journey with ESSENCE reaches beyond a decade. She first joined the team as a Beauty and Fashion Features Editor. In 2003 she was promoted to Lifestyle Editor, two years later she was named as the publication’s Executive Editor.

“Vanessa’s wealth of knowledge about the ESSENCE brand and connection to our community of nearly 10 million readers has deepened reader engagement. Vanessa is poised to deliver on our mission to help African-American women move their lives forward – not only through the magazine, but by meeting their needs across all of our branded platforms,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks in an issued press release.

“Vanessa’s more than 10 years of experience as an editorial leader at ESSENCE will ensure continued success for the preeminent African-American women’s media brand. She has the full support of Time Inc. to execute on her vision to honor this loyal and cherished audience,” adds Martha Nelson, Time Inc. Editor-in-chief.

Vanessa is also the co-author of Tyra Banks’s 1998 best seller, Tyra’s Beauty Inside & Out.

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