The Observer, formerly The New York Observer, is again without an editor in chief.
Ben Robinson, who only joined the outlet in February of last year, left Friday, WWD has learned. The online masthead has already been updated to remove his name and the role of editor in chief completely.
James Karklins, president of Observer Media, said that Robinson stepped down from his position and that there is no plan to fill his role.
“At this time, Observer is not replacing the editor in chief position and will continue to execute on our content strategy with our current editorial team, along with continued executive direction,” Karklins said.
The outlet — formerly a popular New York newspaper printed on light pink paper that launched the career of Candace Bushnell and had a lively tabloid flair — has been online-only since November 2016, when then-owner Jared Kushner decided to stop printing and put the publication into a family trust because his father-in-law Donald Trump had won the U.S. presidency. Kushner is now a presidential adviser, along with his wife Ivanka Trump, and his brother-in-law, Joseph Meyer, is chairman and publisher. Observer currently has an editorial staff of 10 with about two dozen freelancers contributing.
Since Kushner took