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Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazineWired magazine itself broke the rather disappointing news yesterday that its long-time editor-in-chief, Chris Anderson, will be stepping down from his role at the magazine after an incredibly successful 12-year run. “Anderson joined Wired in 2001,” as an item on the Wired website explains, ”taking the helm of the iconic digital brand just as the dot-com bubble popped.”

From the article:

“On Friday, [Anderson] announced he’s making the … move … from a career turning bits into words and ideas to CEO of 3D Robotics, a company he co-founded in 2009 that turns atoms into drones.”

Anderson plans to depart his current post by the end of the year, according to an item on the New York Times‘ Media Decoder blog. During his tenure, Anderson was largely responsible for bringing Wired‘s vision of a technology-saturated society to a larger and more mainstream audience than the magazine had previously enjoyed. Wired won eight National Magazine Awards under his leadership.

Anderson is the author of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More (Hyperion, 2006); Free: The Future of a Radical Price (Hyperion, 2009); and Makers: The New Industrial Revolution (Crown Business, 2012).

An internal email sent to Condé Nast staffers yesterday, which announced Anderson’s impending departure, has been republished by the New York Observer; click here to read it.

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