ASME Board of Directors

Clara Jeffery
President
Editor in Chief, Mother Jones

Clara Jeffery is the editor in chief of Mother Jones, which was just named “Magazine of the Year” by the American Society of Magazine Editors. During her tenure, Mother Jones has won other National Magazine Awards, including for general excellence, reporting, and video; redesigned its magazine and website; established bureaus in Washington and New York; and become a social-media powerhouse. Clara has edited stories that have been included in pretty much every “Best American” anthology. Along the way, she also won a PEN award for editing, became a mom, and forgot what it’s like to sleep. It probably doesn’t help she’s on Twitter so much: @clarajeffery.

Janice Min
Vice President
Senior Content Executive, Quibi

Janice Min is a member of the leadership team for Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s new venture, where she oversees daily programming for the short-form video streaming platform, set to launch April 2020.

Previously, she served as the Co-President of the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Entertainment Group (2010-2017), where she engineered a publishing rebirth hailed as a “stunning transformation” by the New York Times. As editor-in-chief of Us Weekly (2002-2009), she was cited as having transformed modern celebrity culture. She also has served as a consultant to NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

An Emmy winner who has also been named Adweek’s Editor of the Year and received AdAge’s Magazine of the Year honors, she is frequently featured as an expert in media and news, and has been profiled by the New York TimesNPRThe Guardian, and by Alec Baldwin for WNYC, who labeled her “The Turnaround Artist.”

She has been honored with her alma mater Columbia Journalism School’s Alumni Award, and was recognized with the University of Missouri’s Honor Medal for distinguished service in journalism. A Matrix Award winner, she additionally has won two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence and been nominated five times.

Min currently sits on the boards of the Paley Center and the American Society of Magazine Editors. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, a fellow graduate of Columbia College, and their three children.

Alison Overholt
Treasurer
Vice President, Storytelling and Special Projects, ESPN

Alison Overholt is vice president, storytelling & special projects. In this hybrid role, she is responsible for developing comprehensive, multiplatform content strategies for espnW and for driving collaborative, innovative approaches to storytelling in ESPN The Magazine, with oversight of producing ESPN’s multiplatform enterprise content. Overholt is the first female editor-in-chief of a national, general-interest sports magazine. In December 2017, she added oversight of all of ESPN.com’s long-form content, and in 2018, she became the lead ESPN executive for The ESPYS.

Since joining as espnW’s editor-in-chief in 2014, Overholt has overseen the transformation of espnW.com and espnW’s significant rising influence across ESPN’s platforms and beyond the network. Overholt added oversight of ESPN The Magazine in 2016 and under her guidance the magazine received the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the “news, sports, and entertainment” category by the American Society of Magazine Editors, and was named the top magazine of 2016 in terms of brand audience reach according to the Association of Magazine Media.

Overholt first joined ESPN in 2005 as general editor, sports business and lifestyle for ESPN The Magazine. In 2007, she was elevated to senior editor, special projects, ESPN The Magazine, overseeing its enterprise and investigative team, as well as managing the publication’s Olympics and X Games coverage. In 2009, Overholt was part of ESPN’s early efforts to research and develop a sports media offering for women and was espnW’s founding editor. Overholt departed ESPN in 2010 to found her own digital content strategy company. She returned to ESPN in 2014.

In 2018, Overholt was named a Top Woman in Digital by Cynopsis in the “Game Changers” category. She was also named one of AdWeek’s Most Powerful Women in Sports in consecutive years (2017 and 2016).  In 2017, Folio honored her as one of its “Top Women in Media,” a recognition she also earned in 2016, and was named to the 2016 “Folio 100.” She was also honored by the NYC Metro Chapter of WISE (Women in Sports and Events) in 2016 as a Woman of Inspiration, and in 2015, she was named a “Game Changer” by Sports Business Journal and one of the “Top Women in Digital” by Cynopsis. As an editor, Overholt oversaw stories that earned the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award (2007) and both magazine and internet category wins from the New York Press Club Awards for Journalism (2010). Overholt was a member of the ASME National Magazine Award-winning team for General Excellence at ESPN The Magazine in 2006. In 2005, she received the AAJA National Print Journalism Award for her writing in Fast Company.

Overholt began her career as a writer and editor at Fast Company magazine and her writing has appeared in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, O: The Oprah Magazine, Working Mother, Cosmopolitan, Inc., Sports Illustrated: Women and Fitness. Born in New York State, Overholt spent her childhood in Hong Kong. She is a former high school basketball player and an avid runner, having finished the Honolulu Marathon in 2003 and the New York City Marathon in 2013, with several half marathons between and since. She graduated with honors from Harvard University with an A.B. in government.

  Anna Holmes

Secretary
Editorial Director, Topic

Anna Holmes is an award-winning writer, editor and creative exec whose work has appeared numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and The New Yorker online. A one-time columnist for the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Anna has published two books, including 2013’s The Book of Jezebel, based on the website she founded in 2007. She is currently the Editorial Director of Topic.com—part of First Look Media, the parent company of Field of Vision and The Nib—where she oversees the digital magazine’s journalism and video programming. In the two years since it was launched, Topic.com has been the recipient of numerous nominations and awards, including an Emmy nomination for the series “aka Wyatt Cenac”, over 12 Society of Publication Designers (SPD) awards and two National Magazine Awards.

  Joe Brown

Editor in Chief, Popular Science

Joe Brown has been the editor in chief of Popular Science since September 2016. He successfully transitioned the magazine to a quarterly print cadence, transforming the paper PopSci into keepsake that dives deep into a single subject rather than a traditional periodical. Online, he focused on expanding PopSci.com’s reach by courting readers previously underserved by science and tech publications; his team has shifted the website audience from 74-percent male to an even 50/50 split, while increasing unique visitors by more than 50 percent and pageviews by more than 130 percent. He also launched two new podcasts, a successful events series, and several exciting international partnerships.

Prior to joining PopSci, Brown was executive editor of WIRED. His second time at the brand, he returned oversee WIRED.com and all associated digital platforms, including social and video. He also built out a New York bureau and ran tech and automotive coverage in print and digital. During his tenure, WIRED.com became the first Conde Nast publication to earn more than a billion page views; within two years of taking over, Brown's strategy of skipping news blips in favor of deeply reported stories increased unique visitors by more than 40 percent.

Before WIRED, Brown was editor in chief of Gizmodo. He came in with the aim of transitioning Gizmodo from a blog into a first-rate online technology publication. He recruited several dedicated features writers including Mat Honan, Cord Jefferson, and Sam Biddle, and earned the site a reputation for quality journalism. His team broke several big stories: they were the first to investigate illegal weapons sales by Silk Road, and their embedded reporting in John McAffee's Belize compound gave the world its first look at one of the most bizarre scenes in tech.

Brown is a graduate of Cornell University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

  Edward Felsenthal

Editor in Chief and Chief Executive Officer, TIME

Edward Felsenthal is the editor in chief and CEO of TIME, the 18th top editor since TIME’s founding in 1923. Under Felsenthal’s leadership, TIME has reached the largest audience in its history—100 million people around the world, built a world-class video operation that won an Emmy in 2017 and a National Magazine Award in 2018, and significantly expanded its franchises and events. TIME’s agenda-setting magazine, with 2 million subscribers, remains the largest U.S. print title in news.

Edward joined TIME in April 2013 as editor of TIME digital, and led a major expansion of TIME’s digital footprint, including the establishment of a 24/7 newsroom and video operation. During that time, TIME’s audience tripled, with monthly video streams exceeding 100 million across platforms and social media followers exceeding 50 million.

In 2016, Edward was named group digital director of News and Lifestyle at Time Inc., a role in which he led digital content and growth across a dozen titles, including TIME, Health, MONEY, Real Simple, Southern Living, Travel & Leisure and Food & Wine.

Edward began his career at The Wall Street Journal, rising to deputy managing editor in 2005 and serving as the founding editor of Personal Journal, where he led coverage that won two Pulitzer Prizes. Earlier in his career, he covered the U.S. Supreme Court in the Journal’s Washington bureau.

In 2008, he was the founding executive editor of The Daily Beast, a role in which he built and managed a digital newsroom that quickly grew from a startup to a nationally known brand.

A native of Memphis, Edward graduated from Princeton University. He has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a master’s in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts. He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and Tennessee.

He is on Twitter @efelsenthal.

Susan Goldberg

Editor in Chief, National Geographic
Editorial Director, National Geographic Partners

Susan Goldberg is editor in chief of National Geographic and editorial director of National Geographic Partners. As editorial director, she leads all journalism across platforms, including digital journalism, magazines, podcasts, maps, newsletters and Instagram. She was named editorial director in October 2015 and editor in chief of National Geographic Magazine in April 2014. She is the 10th editor, and first female editor, of the magazine since it was first published in October 1888.

Under her leadership, National Geographic has been honored with ten National Magazine Awards, including four awards in 2020 and the top prize for General Excellence in 2019. In 2020, National Geographic also was named the Webby Media Company of the Year, with a total of 15 awards, as well as earning the Gold Medal as Brand of the Year for the Society of Publication Designers, the most prestigious award for visual journalism in the industry. In addition, National Geographic was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography in 2021, Feature Photography in 2019 and for Explanatory Reporting in 2017. The magazine has received numerous other awards for photography, storytelling and graphics. Goldberg also has led reporting that was honored with multiple local, state and national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize at the San Jose Mercury News (1990/Breaking News), and four finalists for the Pulitzer at The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (2008/Commentary; 2009/Feature Writing and Commentary; 2010/Commentary).

Before her employment at National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. From 2007 to 2010, she was editor of The Plain Dealer, the daily newspaper of Cleveland and the largest newspaper in Ohio. Prior to that, from 2003-2007, she was the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, and served as the paper’s managing editor from 1999-2003. From 1989 to 1999, Goldberg worked at USA Today, including stints as a deputy managing editor of the News, Life and Enterprise sections. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press. She began her career as a reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A Michigan native, Goldberg has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, where she now funds the Susan Goldberg Scholarship at the university’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences’ School of Journalism.

In addition to awards for journalism, Goldberg has been recognized repeatedly for leadership. In 2013, she was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine; In March 2015, Goldberg received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Exceptional Women in Publishing. In 2017 and again in 2019, Washingtonian named Goldberg among the most powerful women in Washington across professions. In 2020, InStyle magazine included Goldberg on its “Badass 50” list, naming her as No. 7 in its issue about “women who are changing the world;” she was selected as one of Folio’s Top Women in Media for having an “exceptional impact” on the direction of the industry; and she was recognized by the International Women’s Media Foundation as the Leadership Honoree for her work in uplifting women journalists and telling under-reported stories.

Goldberg lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Geoffrey Etnire, a real estate lawyer. They have one grown son.

 
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Radhika Jones

Editor in Chief, Vanity Fair

Radhika Jones is the editor in chief of Vanity Fair. Previously, she held senior editorial roles at The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Time, where she oversaw the Person of the Year franchise as well as the Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has also worked at Artforum, Bookforum, and the literary and arts quarterly Grand Street. She began her journalism career in 1995 at The Moscow Times, serving as arts editor.

Since her appointment as editor in chief in December of 2017, Vanity Fair has been widely recognized for its fresh new direction, and its audience has grown significantly. Jones' focus has been on repositioning VF as a cultural barometer. New contributors to the magazine under her tenure include Jesmyn Ward, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jeff Sharlet, Kiese Laymon, Ann Patchett, Collier Schorr, Ayman Mohyeldin, Quil Lemons, May Jeong, Jenny Lumet, Amy Sherald, and countless other leading voices in the culture.

Jones graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree from Harvard University, and holds a Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son, and serves on the nonprofit boards of CARE and The Paris Review.

  Amanda Kludt

Editor in Chief, Eater

Amanda Kludt is the editor in chief of Eater, a publication covering the ins and outs of dining and food in America and around the world. Through original reporting, longform journalism, maps and guides, television shows, and podcasts, Eater informs its audience on the latest news, tells them where to eat and drink, and highlights important issues in dining and food culture. Before Eater, Kludt worked at Gridskipper and Metro. She has contributed to Lucky Peach, Cherry Bombe, The Guardian, and others.

Stephanie Mehta

Editor in Chief, Fast Company

Stephanie Mehta is editor in chief of Fast Company, overseeing its print, digital, and live journalism since 2018. She was previously a deputy editor at Vanity Fair, where she edited feature stories and coedited the annual New Establishment ranking. She also curated the invitation-only New Establishment Summit and Founders Fair conference for women entrepreneurs, which she launched in 2017. Prior to that, Mehta was an editor at Bloomberg Media and worked at Fortune for 14 years, rising from senior writer to deputy managing editor. She was also a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal and began her career as a business reporter at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. She is a director of the Women’s Forum of New York and sits on the board committee of Airbel Impact Lab, the innovation team at the International Rescue Committee. 

Paul Reyes

Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review

Paul Reyes is the editor of Virginia Quarterly Review, a publication that was transformed in 2004 from a traditional literary journal into a dynamic literary and general-interest magazine. Since joining VQR, Reyes has helped further the magazine’s evolution by introducing a unique front of the book, through ambitious reporting projects and partnerships, and through smaller experiments like its Instagram journalism project, #VQRTrueStory. During his tenure as editor, VQR has earned nine nominations for a National Magazine Award, winning General Excellence in 2019, and has been included in several of the “Best American” anthologies. Prior to joining VQR, Reyes was a senior editor with The Oxford American. His essays and reporting have appeared in VQR, The Oxford American, Harper’s, The New York Times, Literary Hub, Mother Jones, and elsewhere. His writing earned him a Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction from the National Endowment for the Arts, a nomination for the Harry Chapin Media Award, and a nomination for the National Magazine Award in Feature Writing. He also wrote a book: Exiles in Eden, Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession.

Julia Turner
Deputy Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times

As deputy managing editor for arts and entertainment at the Los Angeles Times, Julia Turner oversees the paper’s coverage of culture and the entertainment industry.

Before joining the Los Angeles Times in November 2018, Turner was the editor in chief of Slate. During her four years in that role, she expanded the online magazine’s audience, its podcast network, and its membership program, and the journalism Slate published earned numerous accolades, among them a Polk Award for “Sixteen Shots,” Jamie Kalven’s investigation into the killing of Laquan McDonald by Chicago police.

Turner first joined Slate in 2003, and also served as deputy editor, as culture editor, and as a reporter and critic covering television, media and design during her time there. For more than a decade, she’s also been one of the co-hosts of the Slate Culture Gabfest podcast.

Born in Boston, Turner is the daughter of two journalists who met working at the Boston Globe. She graduated from Brown, where she studied history, and got her start at Time Inc., where she worked first in magazine development and then at Sports Illustrated Women.

Turner serves on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Liz Vaccariello
Vice President and Editor in Chief, Real Simple, Shape and Sweet July

Liz Vaccariello is VP/Editor in Chief of REAL SIMPLE, one of the premier brands in the women’s lifestyle space with a print and digital reach of nearly 21 million. In addition to being the hands-on Editor in Chief of REAL SIMPLE, SHAPE and Sweet July (Ayesha Curry’s magazine), Vaccariello also serves as Content Director for multiple Meredith brands including REAL SIMPLE, InStyle, SHAPE, Martha Stewart Living, Health, Parents and Parents Latina.

Liz has led many of media’s most recognizable brands, including Parents, Prevention and Reader’s Digest, and developed award-winning content across print, digital and social channels. Prior to REAL SIMPLE, Liz was VP/Editor in Chief of Parents where she drove revenue while delivering results on every level. Prior to Meredith, Liz was the Chief Content Officer of Reader’s Digest. She also served as Editor in Chief of Rachael Ray Every Day; Editor in Chief of Prevention; Executive Editor of Fitness; and Editor in Chief of Cleveland Magazine.

Liz regularly appears on national broadcast media including The Today Show, Tamron Hall, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, and Dr. Oz. She has authored nine best-selling books, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Flat Belly Diet!

She has received numerous awards and honors over her distinguished career and is a frequent speaker at major summits presented by the MPA, Folio, MIN, and Digiday among others.

  Geoff Van Dyke

Editorial Director, 5280 Publishing, Inc.

Geoff Van Dyke is the editorial director of Denver-based 5280 Publishing, Inc. During his tenure as editorial director, 5280 has been a National Magazine Award finalist five times and won the Ellie for Personal Service in 2019. From 2009 through 2021, he helped lead 5280 to more than 100 City and Regional Magazine Association award nominations, including multiple nods in General Excellence; in 2014, 5280 won its first award in CRMA’s Excellence in Writing category, and in 2018 and 2020 5280 won the award for General Excellence among big-city magazines. Van Dyke has edited stories by 5280 staffers that have been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing, Best American Crime Reporting, and Best Food Writing. In 2018, 5280 published an anthology of the magazine’s longform journalism on its 25th anniversary, which Van Dyke edited. His own writing has appeared in publications including Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, Outside, Bicycling, and the New York Times. He studied English as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

  Charles Whitaker

Dean, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Charles Whitaker is interim dean and professor at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

He previously served as the Helen Gurley Brown Magazine Professor and associate dean of journalism for the school. Since joining the Medill faculty in 1993, he has taught courses in news writing, magazine writing, magazine editing and blogging. In addition to teaching in Medill’s graduate and undergraduate programs, Whitaker teaches high school students in the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute (aka, the Cherub program).

Whitaker was one of the rotating directors of Medill’s graduate Magazine Publishing Project, an enterprise in which teams of students developed a new magazine or worked in collaboration with an existing publishing company to reinvigorate the editorial and business approach of an existing magazine. For nine years, Whitaker directed the Academy for Alternative Journalism, a summer fellowship program that trained young writers for work at the member publications of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies in an effort to address the field’s lack of diversity.

Before joining the Medill faculty, Whitaker was a senior editor at Ebony magazine, where he covered a wide range of cultural, social and political issues and events on four continents, including two U.S. presidential campaigns and the installation of the first black members of the British Parliament. Whitaker began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter at the Miami Herald, where he covered education in Dade County and municipal government in Palm Beach County. From the Herald, he went to the Louisville (Ky.) Times, where he worked as a deputy feature editor and enterprise feature and arts writer. He has received commendations for his work from a number of journalism societies, including the National Association of Black Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists and National Education Writers Association.

Whitaker is the co-author of “Magazine Writing,” a textbook that examines the magazine industry and deconstructs the art of feature writing for consumer and business-to-business publications. He also is the author of four statistical analyses of the hiring of women and minorities in the magazine industry and has served as an adviser on diversity issues for the Magazine Publishers of America. He was the co-director of Project Masthead, a program designed to encourage students of color to consider careers in magazines on both the editorial and business side of the industry. He is also one of the co-curators of the Ida B. Wells Award, presented by both Medill and the National Association of Black Journalists to individuals who are working to increase newsroom diversity and improve the coverage of communities of color.

Whitaker has contributed articles to the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, Jet Magazine, Essence Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Saturday Evening Post, Chicago Parent magazine, and Folio, the magazine of the magazine industry. In addition, he is an editorial consultant to CATALYST magazine, a publication dedicated to coverage of Chicago Public Schools, and served as president of the editorial board of the Chicago Reporter, an acclaimed investigative publication that covers issues of race and class. Whitaker has also served as a judge for the National Magazine Awards and the International Regional Magazine Awards Association.

Whitaker earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Medill and is a doctoral candidate in Human Development and Social Policy in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy.

Jonathan Dorn
Ex officio
Vice President and General Manager, Outside

Thirty years ago, Jon left a low-paying job in academia for a lower-paying job as a magazine editor at Backpacker. But that opportunity to become a full-time adventure journalist fed his wanderlust, and he’s never looked back. He’s slept under the stars in 17 time zones (only 7 to go!), come face-to-face with wolves and grizzlies, led Backpacker to five National Magazine Awards, and made it the world’s first carbon-neutral magazine. At Active Interest Media, Jon served as editorial director and later as president of the company’s Active Living Group, which included brands such as SKI, Yoga Journal, Backpacker, Clean Eating, and Climbing. After several years as the company's Chief Innovation Officer, during which he added oversight of AIM's video studio, online education platform, and in-house marketing services agency, Jon took a break to co-launch Cooler, a software startup that calculates and eliminates the carbon footprint of any product or service at checkout. He jumped back into media in October 2020, helping Pocket Outdoor Media rebrand as Outside Inc. after the acquisitions of Outside magazine, OutsideTV, and several other adventure brands. Today, he oversees Outside and several related business development projects. In his spare time, he serves on the board of a nonprofit serving homeless youth in Colorado and is an avid triathlete, cyclist, and hiker.