Michael Sebastian

Michael Sebastian

Michael Sebastian was named editor-in-chief of Esquire in June 2019 where he oversees print and digital content, strategy and operations.   

Sebastian had been digital director of Esquire since 2017 where, during his tenure, he expanded Esquire’s digital content to include more in-depth feature reporting and writing, exclusive interviews, ambitious political coverage and a new fashion vertical. He spearheaded the launch of the “Politics With Charles P. Pierce” membership program, an expansion of Charles Pierce’s unique combination of reporting and powerful opinion writing designed for political junkies, Esquire readers and Pierce’s existing fan base. In March 2019, Esquire.com had more than 20 million unique visitors, a year-over-year increase of 156 percent.   

Sebastian joined Hearst Magazines in 2015 to run the digital newsroom. During his tenure, he led Hearst Magazines’ digital media coverage of the 2016 presidential election and launched and oversaw a news department in the U.K. Under his lead, traffic to the newsroom content grew from less than 1 million to more than 15 million monthly unique visitors.   

Advertising Age named him to its annual “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes the people shaping the media, marketing and agency industries, in 2019.   

He graduated with honors from The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and began his career as a newspaper reporter in Chicago. Before coming to Hearst, Sebastian was a media reporter for Advertising Age, covering the profound changes affecting the industry.   

Sebastian currently lives in New York City. 

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