Amy DuBois Barnett is an award-winning print and online media executive, writer and motivator. She is the author of an empowering advice book for women, Get Yours! How To Have Everything You Ever Dreamed Of And More (Doubleday/Broadway Books, 2007). Most recently, she held a position as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar. Prior to Harper’s Bazaar, Barnett was the Managing Editor of Teen People, becoming the first African-American woman in the country to head a mainstream consumer magazine.
With Barnett’s critically acclaimed redesign, Teen People grew to lead the teen category in audience (14 million). Barnett’s editorial mix resonated with readers, bringing Teen People reader satisfaction scores to their highest levels since its launch. Her groundbreaking redesign of Teen People’s website led to a 26% increase in unique visitors and a 63% increase in page views. She also implemented the brand’s first mobile initiative.
Prior to Teen People, Barnett served as Editor-in-Chief of Honey magazine for nearly three years where she oversaw a major redesign of the magazine that, subsequently, doubled its rate base from 200,000 to 400,000. She also launched Honeymag.com and integrated the brand’s online and print content. Before Honey, Barnett was with Essence, first as Fashion and Beauty Features Editor, and then as the head of the Lifestyle department. She was also on the launch team of FashionPlanet.com and Fashion Almanac as Features then Managing Editor.
Barnett has appeared weekly as an on-air correspondent for CNN’s 90 Second Pop on American Morning and has been featured on numerous national television shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Paula Zahn and on various programs on VH1, MTV and BET as an expert on pop culture, politics, style and social issues. Barnett has also been a regular on-air contributor to NPR’s News and Notes program.
A Brown University graduate, Barnett also has an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Barnett is vice-chair of the editorial board of the Brown Alumni Monthly magazine and a board member of Girls Inc. of New York. She is a published author whose fiction has appeared in various journals and anthologies.
Barnett’s book was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Non-Fiction Literature. Through her activism and volunteer work, Barnett received the Beacon Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, a non-profit organization that recognizes the achievements of socially conscious female leaders. Barnett has received the Trailblazer Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists, an Aldo award for fashion journalism from the Fashion Association, and a Hurston/Wright award for creative writing.
She currently resides with her husband and son in New York City.