Maer Roshan Biography, Age, Family, Writing Career and Book

Maer Roshan Biography

Maer Roshan is an American entrepreneur, writer, and editor born in Iran. He has launched and edited a series of prominent magazines and websites that include, Radar Magazine,,, NYQ, and Punch!.

Mr. Roshan is an Editor-in-Chief of Los Angeles Magazine. He previously worked as a Deputy Editor of New York, Editorial Director of Talk and Senior Editor of Interview. He has written for publications like The New York Times, the Miami Herald, New York, The New Republic, The Advocate, Details and Harper’s Bazaar.

Maer Roshan Age

Roshan is 51 years old as of 2018. He was born in Tehran, Iran on 13 August 1967.

Maer Roshan Family

Roshan was born in Iran to an Iranian Jewish father and an American mother. In 1978, his mother relocated to New York with her children (Roshan and his siblings), shortly after the Islamic Revolution. Their father joined them 7 years later but died after his arrival to the US.

Maer Roshan Writing Career

Roshan attended New York University and after graduating, he kicked off his career in media in 1989. He became a crime reporter at the Key West Citizen, a daily newspaper, and also launched his first magazine, the gay weekly QW in 1991. At the time of the launch, the country was going through an AIDS crisis. For the publishing of his magazine, Roshan hired a prominent group of writers and editors that included David Rakoff and Andrew Solomon.

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The gay weekly QW covered a range of topics such as politics and culture which earned it a General Excellence Award from the Alternative Press Association. Soon after, Time Inc. hired him to create a national gay glossy, Tribe.

Roshan was then hired by Kurt Andersen in 1994 as Deputy Editor of the biweekly magazine New York and he was responsible for producing some of the magazine’s most high-profile features. This included the first interview with Donatella Versace after the murder of her brother, Gianni Versace, and the first post-impeachment interview with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern in Bill Clinton’s administration.

He received an Emmy Award in 2003 for his work as Executive Producer of the New York Awards, a televised special that aired on NBC. Later on in the year, Roshan was appointed by Tina Brown as Editorial Director of Talk magazine which improved on its circulation in a few months with Roshan. However, the magazine’s trajectory was interrupted by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which adversely affected the advertising market.

In January 2002, Roshan started Radar’ with aides from New York and Talk after the latter suspended publication. The new magazine was published monthly on the topic of politics and pop culture. It’s first two test issues sold out across the country.

The magazine, however, disappeared from the newsstands as Roshan searched for more long-term funding. More than a year later, he secured $10 million from businessmen Mort Zuckerman and Jeffrey Epstein as well as backing from Integrity Multimedia, a company funded by billionaire Ron Burkle. He got back to lead Radar and it one of the first print publications to include online media. A month after its debut, Radaronline attracted 1.5 million unique visitors and was cited by The Wall Street Journal as a new model for print magazines struggling to adapt to a new media environment.

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Radar was nominated in May 2008 for a General Excellence award by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Later on, American Media purchased Radaronline. As of 2019, the site reportedly attracts 100 million unique visitors a month.

Roshan launched another website,, in April 2011. It is reportedly the leading addiction and recovery portal in the world. Again 2012, Roshan started another venture, Awesome Projects which is a Los Angeles-based consultancy that provides editorial services to companies including The New York Times, Yahoo!, Snapchat, The Hollywood Reporter and Telepictures.

He was the Chief Content Officer of FourTwoNine, a national gay-focused magazine, and website, since 2016 and had also founded Punch!, a short-lived iPad publication. In January 2019, he was named as editor in chief of Los Angeles magazine.

Maer Roshan Book

  • 2012 – Courtney Comes Clean: The High Life and Dark Depths of Music’s Most Controversial Icon

Maer Roshan Net Worth

Roshan has held several high profile positions in magazine publications since he began his media career though his net worth is not known.

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