At Kiplinger, 'The pain starts at the top'

Thomas Heath profiles The Kiplinger Washington Editors, a "a family-owned, mission-driven journalism company surviving in an industry upended by the digital age."

For several years starting in 2008, Kiplinger lost money for the first time.

It responded by eliminating dividends to Kiplinger family share owners. It froze salaries, starting with top managers; then came pay cuts. There was a modest downsizing through attrition and what Kiplinger called “compassionate termination,” which included severance pay and job counseling.

“The pain starts at the top,” he said.

Slowly, the company came out of the red and is now modestly profitable.

“We're not wildly profitable, but we’re profitable,” Kiplinger says. “Compared to the carnage of the Great Recession, this is wonderful.”

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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