Dorothy H. Wickenden '76

Executive Editor of The New Yorker

In the year she graduated, Wickenden attended the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course and then moved to Washington D.C. There, she was hired as an editorial assistant for the Shakespeare Quarterly at the Folger Shakespeare Library. In 1978 she accepted a position as production manager of The New Republic, a magazine of centrist liberal opinion, later becoming managing editor and eventually the executive editor.

In 1988 she applied and was accepted to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, an intensive nine-month program for journalists.

Five years later, she was hired by Newsweek as their national affairs editor. A few years later, in 1995, she became executive editor of The New Yorker, a weekly magazine. The New Yorker was founded in 1925 as a general interest magazine and contains articles on politics, business, foreign and domestic policy; literary criticism; fiction; poetry; and art.

Wickenden has written for The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Wilson Quarterly. Along with her outstanding career, she has been a devoted alumna. She has been a panelist and speaker for many on- and off-campus forums as well as serving as a Board-appointed Trustee of the Colleges from 1994-1998.

Wickenden lives in Pelham, N.Y., with her husband, Benjamin Weiser, a reporter for The New York Times, and their two daughters Sarah and Rebecca.



Dorothy H. Wickenden
William Smith Class of 1976

Contribution: Executive Editor of The New Yorker

College Activities: Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors in English, a member of the Retention and Promotion Committee for the English Department, Student Action Committee for the United Farm Workers, Reporter for the Herald, Squash, Swimming

Other Education: Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course, Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass., 1989)