Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana announced Wednesday he will be leaving the magazine after 10 years in the position. Dana supervised magazine reporter Sabrina Erdely while she wrote a now-discredited feature on the alleged gang rape of a University student. Both Dana and Erdely received public backlash for the story.
When asked whether Dana’s departure related to the controversial article, Jann Wenner, the magazine's publisher and founding member, said through a spokesperson, “Many factors go into a decision like this," the New York Times reported.
Because Dana is not confirmed to be leaving the magazine for a new job, and because a successor at the magazine has not yet been named, reasons for his departure remain unclear.
Dana started at Rolling Stone in 1996 as a senior editor and became managing editor in 2005.
In a statement, Dana reflected on his time spent at the magazine the Times reported. “After 19 years at Rolling Stone, I have decided that it is time to move on. It has been a great ride and I loved it even more than I imagined I would,” Dana said. “I am as excited to see where the magazine goes next as I was in the summer of 1978 when I bought my first issue.”
Dana’s last planned day of work is August 7.