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Ben Williams

New York Media

Ben Williams is the Editorial Director of New York Media’s digital properties: nymag.com, an up-to-the minute news and information site and the online outpost of New York magazine; Vulture.com, a site for entertainment news and analysis; Grub Street, a national food site; and The Cut, a fashion and lifestyle site.

Williams has played a central role in the ambitious digital expansion of the company, beginning with the relaunch of nymag.com in 2006. He has developed countless new online features and the blueprint for building out Vulture, Grub Street, and The Cut from blogs to stand-alone websites. During his tenure nymag.com and its sister sites have won six National Magazine Awards, including three for General Excellence, and contributed to New York’s 2013 win for Magazine of the Year. At the same time, monthly unique users have soared, to more than 18 million per month. He has also helped develop mobile apps including The Cut on the Runway for iPad. At New York Media, Williams leads an expanding team of editors and continues to develop new features, including expanded political coverage at Daily Intelligencer.

Before joining nymag.com in May 2006, he spent two years as a senior editor of New York’s twice ASME-nominated “Strategist” section (which went on to win five National Magazine Awards). He was the lead editor during Strategist’s launch in 2004 and was responsible for weekly features such as “Look Book” and “Best Bets,” in addition to special package issues like “Best of New York.”

 Prior to joining New York, Williams gained editorial experience at Slate from 2003 to 2004, when he wrote a column reviewing new books, movies, and music. In 1996, Williams became managing editor of Citysearch New York and in 1999 was named the site’s New York editor-in-chief; in 2001, he also became managing editor of Citysearch’s Northeast region, overseeing local staff in eight cities. Williams earned his M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in journalism at NYU and his B.A. in English and American literature and philosophy at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. His writing has also been published in The Village VoiceTime Out New YorkArtforum, and Paper.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, June 12

3:30pm PDT