New Members’ Brief Biographies

Chelsea Emory, editor-in-chief of Financial Planning Magazine since she joined the company in 2015, launched her journalism career as a stock market reporter at Bloomberg News in 1999. In 2001, she joined Reuters America, serving for more than a decade as a correspondent and an editor, then moving to BBC Capital as deputy editor in 2013. 

Laura Jacobs has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1995, with a focus on culture and fashion. From 1987 to 1995, she was the editor-in-chief of Stagebill Magazine. In addition, she reviews museum exhibitions on fashion for The Wall Street Journal and is the dance critic at The New Criterion. Her books include “The Art of Haute Couture” and “Landscape With Moving Figures: A Decade on Dance.”

David R. Jones, a former assistant managing editor of The New York Times, retired in 1997 after almost 35 years at the paper. He spent six years as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal before joining The Times in 1963. Following a stint as a Times correspondent in Detroit, Jones moved to the Washington bureau, first as a labor reporter, then as an assistant news editor. In 1969, he was assigned to New York as assistant national editor and became assistant managing editor in 1989.

Ned Steele was a reporter at The Long Island Press, The New York Post and The New York Daily News. He also worked as an assistant city editor at The Post and The News from 1970 to 1982, then embarked on a career in public relations and marketing. He is currently head of MediaImpact, a company he launched in 1994.

Robert W. Stock was a writer and editor at The New York Times for almost 30 years, from 1967 to 1995. He served variously as editor of the Sunday Business, Travel and Week in Review sections, and as a senior editor of the Sunday Magazine. He also wrote a column called “Senior Class.” He is currently a freelance writer and editor.

Patrick W. Sullivan, now retired, was with United Press International back in the 1970s before spending the next couple of decades at The New York Post and then at The Daily News. Eventually, he shifted to television and a change of scenery with ABC News, where he was first assigned to the Washington bureau and then was a producer and bureau chief in Berlin.

Stephen Vrattos is the editor of Schneps Communications, which includes community newspapers, magazines and websites reporting on local news and events in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

James Wolcott, who critiques contemporary media and other cultural institutions for Vanity Fair, has been a columnist at the magazine since 1996. For four years prior to that, he was a contributing writer for The New Yorker. Earlier, he wrote features and columns for Vanity Fair from 1983 to 1992, His articles have also appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books and New York Magazine, and his books include “Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Dirty in Seventies New York,” a memoir.

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