Photo: Courtesy Ramin Setoodeh


New York News

What can you do with a Stanford degree in English? Be the New York bureau chief for Variety. Earlier this year, it promoted former Stanford intern Ramin Setoodeh, ’04, to the magazine’s newly created role and charged him with expanding long-form features and breaking news coverage on the movie, television, digital and theater businesses. In a statement, Claudia Eller, Variety’s co-editor in chief, said Setoodeh’s “smart, insightful business coverage has contributed mightily to the resurgence of Variety as the industry’s leading news source on all things entertainment.” He penned 23 cover stories in his first two years there, including profiles of Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Murray, Barbara Walters, Eddie Redmayne, Megyn Kelly and Sylvester Stallone. At Stanford, Setoodeh wrote for Intermission, the arts and entertainment guide, and served as editor in chief of the Daily for the ’03-’04 volume. In February he signed a book deal to chronicle the story of the talk show The View. •