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Homans, editor of Vanity Fair’s The Hive, has died

July 30, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

John Homans

John Homans, editor of Vanity Fair’s widely read media, business and technology sub-section The Hive, died Wednesday at the age of 62.

“There just aren’t many people like Homans in our business,” wrote Michael Calderone, a senior editor at The Hive, on Twitter.

Homans was the executive editor of New York magazine from 1994 to 2014, and previously worked at Esquire, Details, Harper’s, and the New York Observer. He is the author of the book “What Is A Dog For?” He joined The Hive in April 2017. Homans was previously at Bloomberg Politics, which he helped launch with John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.

Claire Landsbaum, an editor at The Hive, wrote on Twitter: “Homans was my boss, mentor, friend. He once told me I was a ‘young person going places,’ the most Homans-y compliment of all. Almost everything I know about editing I learned from him. And I wish there had been time for more.”

New York magazine has a tribute from former co-workers posted here.

The Hive covers Washington, Wall Street and Silicon Valley.

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