OLD Media Moves

Another staffer leaving Portfolio

September 12, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Stephanie Smith of Women’s Wear Daily writes Wednesday that new business magazine Conde Nast Portfolio is losing another staff member, while at least one other recent high-profile hire may be contemplating going back to his old publication.

Conde Nast PortfolioSmith wrote, “Senior writer Katrina Brooker, who joined last year from Fortune, is returning to her old stomping grounds. Brooker left Fortune in June 2006 while Eric Pooley was managing editor, but had a close relationship with Andy Serwer, Fortune’s current managing editor, and John Huey, former managing editor and now Time Inc.’s editor in chief. A Fortune spokeswoman confirmed Brooker’s return to the magazine, but details on when she will start or what her title will be are still unconfirmed.

“Before joining Portfolio, Brooker worked at Fortune for eight years and was considered one of the magazine’s stars; the talented reporter even received perks such as enjoying additional time off during the summer to spend with her family. When Lipman searched for high-profile names to help launch Portfolio, Brooker was an early target.

“At Portfolio, Brooker wrote a much-noted piece for the September issue on imprisoned Tyco executive Mark Swartz, and a profile in the premier issue this past spring of art dealer Marianne Boesky, the daughter of Ivan Boesky. Sources close to Portfolio said Brooker was close to former Portfolio deputy editor Jim Impoco, whom Lipman fired last month.

“Meanwhile, Brooker may not be the only Portfolio staffer who Fortune is trying to court back. Sources say Portfolio senior writer Daniel Roth also has been approached by Serwer and Huey to return. Roth could not be reached for comment.”

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