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freelance.stanford.edu – Jun 18-19 – Stanford University

Keynote Speaker

David Granger

David Granger

Editor-in-Chief, Esquire Magazine

David Granger was named editor-in-chief of Esquire Magazine in June of 1997. Since his arrival, the magazine has entered one of its most successful eras. Between 1998 and 2009, Esquire has been a finalist for 47 National Magazine Awards, the industry's highest honors, and has won 13, including the award for General Excellence in 2006. In 2004, the magazine received four National Magazine Awards, the most of any magazine in America. And in 2009, it won three, again the most of any magazine. The magazine is a finalist for seven more National Magazine Awards in 2010.

Esquire has also been attempting to expand the limits of its medium. In the fall of 2008, the magazine published an issue that merged digital technology with a mass-produced print product for the first time, embedding an electronic paper display in its 75th anniversary issue cover. And in the first half of 2009, it created a stir by, first, putting a window in its cover and then, three months later, creating the first-ever "mix n match" cover of a magazine. And in December, 2009, Esquire created the first Augmented Reality issue of a magazine ever.

Esquire has been honored with numerous awards over Granger's tenure. The Society of Publication Designers named Esquire Magazine of the Year in 2001 and it was a finalist for the award again in 2005, 2006 and 2008. It has been listed as one of America's Most Important Magazines, by the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is regularly cited as one of America's ten best magazines by the Chicago Tribune. In 2004, Advertising Age named Granger Editor of the Year. He is in demand as a speaker on creating a culture of innovation and has become one of the magazine industry's most passionate advocates.

Prior to becoming editor-in-chief at Esquire, Granger was the executive editor at GQ for nearly six years.

In the preceding decade, Granger held positions as executive editor of Adweek and MediaWeek; he worked on the launch of The National Sports Daily and served as its executive features editor; he helped launch Sports, Inc., the Sports Business Weekly, and worked as an editor at Sport Magazine and Family Weekly prior to that.

Granger has a Masters degree in English from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of Tennessee, where he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa.