WASHINGTON (May 17, 2010)—David Griffin, formerly director of photography at National Geographic magazine, has been appointed to the newly created position of executive editor, electronic publishing, for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. Kurt Mutchler, who most recently led National Geographic magazine’s photo editing team, takes the reins of the photographic department in another new position, executive editor, photography.
Griffin, with leadership experience in both design and photography, is charged with bringing the magazine’s award-winning visual storytelling to e-publishing platforms, including the iPad.
“National Geographic has built its reputation on excellence in visual storytelling. Digital platforms provide readers with new ways to interact with photography and video,” said John Q. Griffin, president of publishing for the National Geographic Society. “In his new role David will allow us to take the same kind of leadership role in new media that we already have in print media. David’s background in photography and design and his experience with working with the photographers and editors at National Geographic magazine make him the perfect candidate for this job.”
“Kurt’s distinguished career as an editor, his leadership of the photography editors and his unwavering commitment to excellence have prepared him well for the newly created position of executive editor, photography,” said Chris Johns, National Geographic magazine editor in chief. “I know that Kurt and his staff look forward to working closely with photographers, the photography community and our talented colleagues throughout the National Geographic Society to ensure that the magazine’s long tradition of visual storytelling will grow and thrive.”
David Griffin has a long history with National Geographic, returning to the magazine in 2005 as senior editor of photography and illustrations, after a five-year sojourn as creative director at U.S. News & World Report. Since 2005, he has held the position of director of photography, where he oversaw the magazine’s relationship with staff and freelance photographers. Griffin graduated from the School of Journalism at Ohio University and held college internships in photography and layout. Over the course of his career he has held positions in the fields of both photography and design, including art director of the Hartford Courant and the Sunday magazine of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He first joined National Geographic magazine in 1989 as a layout editor, advanced to associate director of layout and design and then became design director of National Geographic’s Books division.
Mutchler joined National Geographic magazine in 1994 as an illustrations editor and has held various positions within the magazine, most recently director of photo editing in charge of a staff of nine photo editors. Prior to joining National Geographic, Mutchler worked at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, first as a photographer and then as photo and graphics editor managing both the photography and art departments. He has taught photojournalism at Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran College of Art + Design and regularly lectures on photojournalism to students around the country. Mutchler has photo edited more than 125 stories for National Geographic magazine. He is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and Ohio State University.
National Geographic magazine has a long tradition of combining on-the-ground reporting with award-winning photography to inform people about life on our planet. It has won 11 National Magazine Awards in the past four years: for General Excellence, Essays and Photojournalism and two inaugural Digital Media Awards for Best Photography and Best Community in 2010; for Photojournalism in 2009; for General Excellence, Photojournalism and Reporting in 2008; and for General Excellence and Photography in 2007.
The magazine is the official journal of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational and scientific organizations. Published in English and 32 local-language editions, the magazine has a global circulation of roughly 8 million. It is sent each month to National Geographic members and is available on newsstands for $5.99 a copy. Single copies can be ordered by calling (800) NGS-LINE, also the number to call for membership in the Society.