By: Joe Strupp
Greg Mitchell, a 30-year veteran of national magazines, as well as the author of a number of critically acclaimed books, will become the new editor of Editor & Publisher, effective Feb. 11.
Mitchell, 54, joined E&P in 1999 as features editor, then became articles editor in 2001.
“I’m looking forward to building on our editorial progress of the past two years,” Mitchell said, “and I have no doubt it will continue.”
Mitchell’s promotion comes shortly after the appointment of a new E&P publisher, Charles “Chas” McKeown, a longtime newspaper marketing and advertising executive.
“Greg’s appointment promises a bright future for the magazine,” said Sid Holt, editor-in-chief of Adweek Magazines. Holt added that Mitchell’s appointment adds “excitement as we begin the next chapter in the 118-year saga of E&P.”
Mitchell replaces former Group Editor William F. Gloede, who will leave both E&P and its sibling Mediaweek on that date. The two publications in the Adweek Magazines group are owned by VNU Business Media Inc., a division of Haarlem, Netherlands-based VNU.
During his career, Mitchell has written eight nonfiction books, including “The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair’s Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics” (Random House, 1992), which won the Goldsmith Book Prize from the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University; “Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady: Richard Nixon vs. Helen Gahagan Douglas” (Random House, 1998); and a memoir, “Joy in Mudville” (Pocket 2000). He has also co-authored two acclaimed books with Robert Jay Lifton, “Who Owns Death?” (HarperCollins, 2000) and “Hiroshima in America” (Putnam, 1995).
Mitchell has written hundreds of articles and book reviews for magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
Mitchell served as editor of Nuclear Times magazine from 1982 to 1987, and before that, as executive editor of Crawdaddy, the legendary music magazine, from 1971 to 1979.
Mitchell began his news career as a reporter for the Niagara Gazette in his hometown of Niagara Falls, N.Y.