Peter KaplanS

The former editor-in-chief of the New York Observer, Peter Kaplan became the editorial director of Fairchild Fashion Media in 2010, which includes Women's Wear Daily and Style.com.

Kaplan started his media career in the mid-'70s at ABC Radio; he later switched to print and spent a decade writing for the New Times, Esquire, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, where he covered the TV industry. He left the Times to serve as executive editor of Manhattan Inc., but when the economy settled into a recession following the stock market crash of '87, Manhattan Inc. folded and Kaplan launched the short-lived title Smart for Men. By the early 1990s, Kaplan became an executive producer of Charlie Rose's new talk show on PBS. When the editorship of the Observer opened up a year later following the departure of Graydon Carter, Kaplan skipped out on Charlie and took the job. After 15 years at the Observer, he resigned due to frustrations with the Observer's owner Jared Kushner 2009 and accepted the job of creative director of Condé Nast Traveler, only to quickly change gears as the editorial director of Condé Nast's Fairchild Fashion Media group in 2010. [Image via Getty, with Laura Ingraham]