Romenesko Memos | Chicago Magazine
Elizabeth Fenner succeeds Dick Babcock, who retired on his 20th anniversary as top editor. Since 2008, Fenner has been assistant managing editor at Money. Before that she served as executive editor of Women’s Health, an assistant managing editor at Fortune and a senior editor at People. She grew up in the Chicago area.
Memo to Chicago magazine staff
I’m pleased to welcome Elizabeth Fenner as Editor-In-Chief of Chicago magazine. Beth’s official start date will be Monday, September 19th. Beth will report directly to me. Reporting to Beth will be Shane Tritsch – Managing Editor, Jennifer Moore – Art Director, and Jan Parr – Editor of Chicago Home+Garden. Beth is a very energetic person with a great blend of editorial experiences and leadership across several subject areas and distribution channels (print, digital and often contributed to broadcast). She will be instrumental in helping us move the Chicago brand to the next level.
This is a homecoming for Beth, who grew up in the Chicago area but has spent most of her career at Time Inc. in New York City. Since 2008 she has been assistant managing editor at Money, where she managed some of the brand’s most important cover franchises and helped create an award-winning retirement channel on CNNMoney.com. From 2005 to 2007 she was the executive editor of Women’s Health, one of the most successful magazine launches of the past decade.
Prior to Women’s Health, Fenner was an assistant managing editor at Fortune and a senior editor at People, where she edited fashion and food stories, among others. In 2011, she won the Best Home & Design Feature Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. She has acted as a judge for the National Magazine Awards and for the Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. Frequent TV appearances include such shows as Today, The CBS Early Show, Dateline NBC, and Entertainment Tonight. Fenner holds a B.A. in classics from the University of Notre Dame.
Please join me in welcoming Beth when she arrives. She will be in the process of relocation over the next few weeks.
RICH GAMBLE | Publisher & General Manager
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