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Graydon Carter Speaker

Graydon Carter

Editor of Vanity Fair (1992 - Present)

Executive producer of 9/11, a film by Jules and Gedeon Naudet about the September 11 terrorist attacks, which aired on CBS. Carter received an Emmy Award for 9/11, as well as a Peabody Award

Appointed a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston for "contributions to popular culture and current affairs as a skilled editor and publisher" in 2017

Graydon Carter is a Canadian Journalist and has served as the editor of Vanity Fair since 1992. He also co-founded, with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips, the satirical monthly magazine Spy in 1986.

1978, Carter moved to the United States and began working for Time as a writer-trainee, where he met Andersen. Carter spent five years writing for Time on the topics of business, law, and entertainment before moving to Life in 1983. In 1986, Carter and Andersen founded Spy, which ultimately ceased publication in 1998. Carter was then editor at the New York Observer before being invited to Vanity Fair to take over from Tina Brown, who left for The New Yorker. He has been the editor since July 1992, with successes during his tenure including winning 14 National Magazine Awards and being named to the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.

Carter’s Vanity Fair has combined high-profile celebrity cover stories with serious journalism. His often idiosyncratic personal style was depicted in the book How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, a book by former Vanity Fair contributing editor Toby Young. Jeff Bridges played a character based on Carter in the 2008 film adaptation.

Carter was a producer of I’ll Eat You Last, a one-woman play starring Bette Midler, about legendary Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers. The show, directed by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello, opened at the Booth Theatre in New York City on April 2013, and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles on December 3. 

Carter was an executive producer of 9/11, a film by Jules and Gedeon Naudet about the September 11 terrorist attacks, which aired on CBS. Carter received an Emmy Award for 9/11, as well as a Peabody Award. He also produced the documentary adaptation of the book The Kid Stays in the Picture, about the legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans. It premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, and opened in theaters in July of that year. In 2012, Carter had a minor role in Arbitrage.

In 2017, he wasappointed a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston for “contributions to popular culture and current affairs as a skilled editor and publisher”.

Carter announced his departure from the editorship of Vanity Fair on September 7, 2017. He will be on gardening leave until the end of 2017.

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