Rob Fixmer retires after 15 years as Travel Weekly editor

The name Rob Fixmer may not be familiar to most readers of Travel Weekly, but his impact on the publication and the travel industry at large has been significant for the past 15 years.

As editor of Travel Weekly, he supervised the day-to-day operations of the editorial team, working with reporters and editors to shape stories and helping industry columnists and contributors to hone the effective delivery of their messages.

Rob Fixmer
Rob Fixmer

He retired April 1. During his time at Travel Weekly, Fixmer reported directly to editor in chief Arnie Weissmann, and among his assignments was to edit Weissmann’s “From the Window Seat” column.

“My trust and faith in Rob’s news judgement and my respect for his opinion and advice only grew over the course of 15 years,” Weissmann said.

Weissmann will be taking over Fixmer’s responsibilities until a replacement is named.

Fixmer arrived at Travel Weekly as a veteran business and technology editor who had helped launch the New York Times website. During his career at the Times, he was also the first editor of the CyberTimes section, served as the publication’s technology news editor and, for a time, was author of the personal computing column in the Science Times section.

A native of Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Fixmer began his career in 1977 at the Capital Times in Madison, Wis., and moved to the Dallas Times Herald as a business writer nine years later.

In Dallas, he rose to the position of deputy metro editor and state editor before moving to the New York Times in 1992. In 2000, he joined Ziff Davis as editor in chief of Interactive Week, which folded shortly after 9/11. He stayed with Ziff Davis until mid-2002 as an editor and columnist for eWeek, and immediately prior to joining Travel Weekly was editor in chief of Archi-Tech, a publication of Stamats Business Media that covered architectural technologies.

In a note to the staff about the impending retirement, Weissmann wrote that Fixmer understood and appreciated business and business journalism but that his success was tied closely to “his empathy, his curiosity across a broad range of subjects and his ability to relate to people.”

Although Fixmer is retiring from Travel Weekly, he will still maintain ties with the brand and its readers. “Rob has indicated he’s up for doing destination stories,” Weissmann wrote to staff, “so we can look forward to ‘hearing’ his voice  --  he’s a great writer  --  and seeing his byline.”

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