Rob Kenner is a writer, editor and producer whose journalism has shaped American popular culture. At age 26 the University of Chicago grad became Editor in Chief of Art & Antiques magazine, overseeing a total redesign of the National Magazine Award-winning monthly and sharpening his editing chops working with distinguished authors like John Updike and Joyce Carol Oates.
As a founding editor at VIBE magazine he helped bring Quincy Jones' vision to reality of a magazine that brought hip hop into mainstream youth culture. VIBE's cutting edge cultural journalism brough treated hip hop and all black music with proper respect and became the first magazine to grapple with the implications of multicultural America that led to all the agony and ecstasy of the Obama era.
As Editorial Director of VIBE Books, he produced UNBELIEVABLE, the definitive biography of Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G., which was optioned by Fox Searchlight pictures to make the hit movie Notorious, Hollywood's first hip-hop biopic, in 2009 paving the way for the success of Straight Outta Compton six years later. Kenner wrote the proposal for the book and tapped distinguished VIBE contributor Cheo Hodari Coker—who had interviewed Biggie at crucial stages of his brief career—to pen the epic tale. Coker, who would go on to co-write the screenplay for the film, is now a hip hop journalist turned Hollywood screenwriter and show runner.